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PETA Forced to Get Nasty With Nestea

Written by PETA | September 12, 2011

What do you get when you mix PETA, a company that tests on animals, and a roomful of eco-friendly executives? A round of applause, which is what happened when an animal advocate stood up during the Industry Water Award Ceremony in Stockholm and asked Nestlé Chair Peter Brabeck-Letmathe when its tea brand, Nestea, will stop carrying out painful and deadly experiments on animals and switch to cruelty-free non-animal testing methods.

A few weeks ago, Nestlé USA CEO Brad Alford got the same surprise inquisition at the Grocery Manufacturers Association Conference in Colorado Springs.

Experimenters working for Nestea have injected mice with toxic chemicals in order to give them diabetes, then force-fed them tea ingredients before killing them. In another experiment, mice were force-fed tea extracts and then had their leg muscles cut open before being decapitated. In still another test, mice bred to suffer brain damage and rapid aging were locked in dark chambers, and painful shocks were administered to their sensitive feet before the mice were killed.

Not only are these tests not required by law, the results also aren’t even admissible as proof of tea’s health benefits—the very reason that Nestlé claims it conducts the experiments. You can give Nestlé executives a surprise of your own by visiting PETA’s new website, and e-mailing AlfordCEO of Nestlé S.A. Paul Bulcke and to ask them to call off the killing.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Dylan says:

    Well just another reason not to drink there bottled tea, water what have you! Disgusted. How are health benefits for animals the same as humans anyways? We process things very differently, so what’s the point?

  • deepa says:

    No more nestle

  • R. Davidson says:

    I remember once that, on Facebook, I posted almost twice a week for almost a month regarding why they do not switch to non-animal testing methods. They FINALLY responded after I got a few other people to do that, but their responce was a simple: “We have never tested on animals.” =____= How stupid can they be?

  • 4mula1 says:

    dear jenn, about medical research. visit,, over 200 charities NO LONGER fund animal research ( over 95% of u.s. medical schools NO LONGER offer animal lab ( animal research has NEVER been validated ( “currently, nine out of ten experimental drugs FAIL in clinical studies because we cannot accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory animal studies” said health and human services secretary mike leavitt. (reform march of “work on prevention of polio was LONG DELAYED by an erroneous conception of the nature of the human disease based on MISLEADING experimental models of the disease in monkeys” albert sabin, m.d., during a 1984 house subcommittee. (acs, su2c, susan g.komen) “there is a laundry list of problems with mouse models of cancer research” dr.bob weinburg, director of the ludwig center for cancer research at m.i.t. you say heart worm, the same was said about polio. its all a LIE.. what else would they have us believe? the world is flat.. ITS to there advantage to keep us as GULLIBLE as possible..

  • James says:

    It’s sad they do all this animal testing, while their product tastes like *crap*. Perhaps they should do taste tests with *human* subjects before worrying about stupid non-scientific claims.

  • EnIgMaTiC_VeGaN says:

    They say this is “consistent with they do and “practice? Ethical-pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct. Where do you lay your head, on the pillow of ethics Paul Bulcke of Nestea/ Nestl’e products?

  • Mark says:

    Do not forget that Nestle source a large amount of milk from Robert Mugabe’s wifes stolen farm in Zimbabwe. This was besides Switzerland sanctions of the state and its heads

  • Karen Neisany says:

    No Nestle Product for me . . .EVER

  • T. Thompson says:

    Nestle makes enough money to not resort to such practices. I am boycotting them entirely now. This is an outrage.

  • cutaway5 says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I will avoid tea, chocolate and all other products produced by “Nas-Tea,” indefinitely. They bleach their tea bags anyway, so I never was very impressed.

  • Marilii says:

    I let Nestle know they have lost a loyal customer. I will be buying tea/hot chocolate/etc., from now on from other companies such as Stash.  I am not going to miss Nestle at all!

  • jenn says:

    I think it’s absolutely atrocious that we test on animals for beauty products. I am 100% against that. It’s testing for medical research that I can’t decide how to feel about. I know that heart worm treatment was formed from testing on animals and is saving lives. But then there’s the issue that we have no right to use them for experiments. These animals are forced to give their lives to science without a choice, so that makes us doubly obliged to treat them well. Animal testing is ultimately selfish. If you aren’t willing to be a test subject yourself, then animals shouldn’t fall victim. I’ve heard there are alternatives to some aspects of animal testing, so I think scientists need to get on a roll and find a way to never have to use them again.

  • Matt says:

    I will be finding and avoiding every product made by Nestle until this cruelty stops. I will also encourage my friends, family and co-workers to do the same.

  • Jaime says:

    Now this is just ridiculous. I will never pay for nestle products!! I believe people should be treated the same as animals. then everything wouldn’t be as messed up as it is today.

  • Skylar Sunday says:

    Every time I see a picture of a rat who suffered from animal testing, I think of nothing but my two girls, who are so sweet and loyal to me, I can’t imagine why people would want to test on them!

  • Tatiana Semenov says:

    Who knew that the Nestea company was making more than just tea; seems they were also making a living hell for animals. I also vow not to buy any more Nestea products and it makes me nauseous to think I actually drank it. The people who run the company should be ashamed to allow this to happen!

  • Mercedes De Windt says:

    It ‘s so easy to switch, or even better… to make it yourself. It ‘s easier than opening a tea box. Tea is hot water with a nice taste. You can make tea from anything you like. My favorite is ginger tea just a few slices of fresh ginger pour some cooking water on top… et voila. Or use mint leaves or sour sap leaves or herbs or spices or fruits, go and experiment it’s fun and surprisingly delicious. Who needs Nestea, who likes animal cruelty? No no no my tea is 100 % cruelty free. If you need more inspirations then use Google and also find out the benefits of each herb and spice but don’t buy tea make it yourself its cheap, healthy!

  • Mark S says:

    I give you my word…. I will ever buy your products again, as long as you TORTURE animals, neither will my family/friends, and any one who will listen, or read the emails I will send them, Im unemployed,I have more time then money, to send this out, AND I WILL!!