Kinship Circle & IDA: 5/16: PROCTER & GAMBLE CALL-IN DAY

May 16th, 2008 4:22 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, May 15, 2008 at 7:54 PM
Subject: 5/16: PROCTER & GAMBLE CALL-IN DAY (if you miss it, still write)

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5/15/08: MAY 16, 2008 IS PROCTER & GAMBLE CALL-IN DAY

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Easily modify letter and copy/paste it into an email or print out to fax or mail.

Call, email, fax or write — on May 16, from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST — to politely ask Procter & Gamble to end ALL animal experiments. P&G utilizes SOME animal-free tests. Ask them to go 100% cruelty-free.

If you miss the May 16 date, send comments anyway! Animals are regularly poisoned to test chemicals used in hundreds of Procter & Gamble brands: Tide, Dove, Cover Girl, Olay, Bounty, Crest, Febreeze, Cascade, Pantene, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Iams/Eukanuba…

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample letter follows.

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CALL-IN: 513-983-1100
FAX: 513-983-9369, 513-983-4381

WEBMAIL: http://pg.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/pg.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
ADDITIONAL P&G EMAIL FOUND ON WEB: comments.im [at] pg.com
P&G Shareholder Services: Shareholders.IM [at] pg.comSkip

POSTAL MAIL:
Mr. A.G. Lafley, Chairman & CEO
Procter & Gamble
One Procter & Gamble Plaza; Cincinnati, OH 45202

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SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.

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Dear Mr. Lafley,

I’d like to purchase Procter & Gamble products, but I do not feel confident using goods determined safe in animal tests. Animal testing generates misleading data that can jeopardize human safety.

Francis Collins, director of NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, says animal toxicity tests are “expensive, time-consuming, use animals in large numbers, and don’t always work.” A National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century, calls for non-animal methodology. According to the National Research Council, in vitro strategy “would generate more-relevant data to evaluate risks people face.”

As you may know, the European Union voted to phase-out all animal experimentation for cosmetics. Several countries, including the UK, have already banned animal testing for cosmetics. I urge Procter & Gamble to lead the way in animal-free toxicity testing in the U.S.

Polls show a growing consumer contingent opposed to animal testing for cosmetic, cleaning, or pet-food items. Fortunately, hundreds of other companies manufacture safe products that do not rely upon poisoning, burning, blinding and killing animals.

It is indisputably cruel to pour toxins into the clipped-open eyes of animals or smear corrosives over an animal’s shaved skin. Human safety data should not come from poisoning live beings or subjecting them to any form of confinement, pain and mutilation.

Please capitalize on strides in in-vitro technology and computer automation that let researchers gauge toxicity more reliably. I encourage P&G to institute a comprehensive animal-free testing policy for all non-drug products and ingredients. Until then, I’ll avoid P&G brand labels and ask others to do the same.

Thank you,

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day This Friday – Get Active!

Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day This Friday – Get Active!

Pick up the phone on Call-In day to urge P&G to end cruel animal experiments

Please join IDA and thousands of activists worldwide on May 16 – Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day. We’ll unite to expose P&G’s callous abuse and inform people about cruelty-free shopping in dozens of countries throughout the world. Our efforts on this day, and throughout the year, can save tens of thousands of animals from a horrific fate at the hands of P&G’s vivisectors.

P&G admits it conducts poisoning tests on animals to assess chemicals in their brands including Tide, Olay, Cascade, Pantene and Herbal Essences. Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the thousands of animals poisoned and killed every year in P&G’s “product safety research,” and cats and dogs are used in experiments for their pet foods. P&G are very secretive about their toxicity tests, where chemicals are repeatedly force-fed to animals, rubbed into their raw skin, or dripped into their eyes. Other brutal tests include forcing animals to inhale chemicals or injecting substances up their noses.

P&G is known for an abundance of animal testing for such trivial, everyday products. And they are certainly the world’s largest producer of such products, selling their brands (such as Fairy, Pantene, Ariel, Head & Shoulders, Olay, Iams/Eukanuba) in 140 countries worldwide. If hundreds of other companies can make similar cosmetics and household products without animal testing, so can P&G.

The call-in is part of the 12th annual Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day, led by the UK-based international animal protection group Uncaged and in partnership with dozens of animal protection organizations around the world. Over 140 events will take place across the world, from Sydney to Stockholm. The campaign is supported by stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Pretenders lead-singer Chrissie Hynde, poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, and singer Morrissey.

1) Please call, email, fax or write a letter to P&G on May 16th between 9:00 and 5:00 pm EST to politely urge Procter & Gamble to stop testing on animals and instead redirect funds towards alternatives. Be polite but firm!

Call-in to: (513) 983-1100
Fax letters to: (513) 983-4381
Webmail: http://pg.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/pg.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php

Mailing address:

Mr A.G. Laffley
Chairman & CEO
Procter & Gamble
One Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnatti, OH 45202

Sample Letter To P&G Chair Laffley

Dear Mr. Laffley:

I am horrified to learn that Procter & Gamble continues to test on and kill animals in the development of cosmetic, household cleaning, and pet food products and ingredients.

I will no longer buy any P&G products until the company permanently ceases testing on animals. I will be urging my friends, family, and colleagues to also boycott P&G products.

Since 1999, several countries around the world, including the UK, have banned animal testing for cosmetics. The European Union also voted for the ban, which included the sale of animal-tested products within its borders.

Polls show that the vast majority of the public is strongly against animal testing for cosmetic, household products, and pet foods, and that hundreds of companies do not engage in animal testing, yet make perfectly good, safe products.

I urge P&G to establish a firm non-animal testing policy for these products and ingredients. With all the recent advances in non-animal technology, P&G should be able to eliminate animal tests. It is high time that P&G fulfill its stated desire to eliminate animal testing for non-drug products and ingredients. Until then I will continue to boycott P&G products and encourage others to do the same.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

2) Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers and weekly newspapers. See a listing of all U.S. newspapers. Make sure to let us know if your letter gets printed. Below is a sample, though using your own words is strongly encouraged.

Sample Letter To the Editor

Dear Editor:

It is appalling that Procter & Gamble, which makes world-famous brands like Tide, Bounce, Mr. Clean, Olay, Crest, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Pringles, and Iams/Eukanuba, among many others, continues to test products on animals.

These experiments are cruel, unnecessary, and happening right now in the U.S. But we can all make a difference – and feel better about ourselves – simply by refusing to buy P&G products and switching to cruelty-free brands. I urge everyone to make this decision today – it’s not as hard as you might think. The Web site www.pandgkills.com contains information and product lists.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

For more on what you can do to stop P&G’s cruel and unnecessary tests, visit http://www.pandgkills.com.

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About IDA

In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA’s efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.

In Defense of Animals is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today! All donations to IDA are tax-deductible.

In Defense of Animals
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Tel. (415) 388-9641 Fax (415) 388-0388
idainfo [at] idausa.org

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