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Victory! Lipton Ends Cruel Animal Tests

Written by PETA | January 31, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 supporters of PETA and its affiliates around the world sent e-mails urging Unilever to stop testing tea on animals and after representatives from PETA and our affiliates in India and Europe flew to London to meet with Unilever—the world’s largest tea maker, which makes the Lipton and PG Tips brands—the company agreed to halt all such tests. In a message just posted on its website, Unilever states, “Unilever is committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect.”

Thanks to everyone who responded to our online action alert, no more piglets will be infected with E. coli toxin and have their intestines cut apart while they are still alive, no more rats will have holes cut into their intestines and be fed tea ingredients through a tube in their throats, mice won’t be suffocated or have their necks broken, rabbits’ heads won’t be cut off, and other cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products and ingredients will no longer take place.

Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.

With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and PG tips teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies—including Stash Tea, Luzianne Tea, Twinings, Honest Tea, Ocean Spray, Welch’s, POM Wonderful, and Japan-based tea giant ITO EN—in being cruelty-free.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Silvia Estokova says:

    stop cruelty on animals

  • Luce DESENEPART says:

    Lipton has accepted to stop useless and painful tests on animals, it”s a huge step toward respecting animals instead of torturing them. I do drink Lipton tea without aftertought since today. Hope it’s a true promise

  • gabbie says:

    Peta, you guys are amazing!! I don’t know what animals would do without you guys!!!

  • karen terpogossov says:

    wir sind sehr enttäuscht, dass sie auf grund der herstellung von teeprodukten, auf tierversuche nicht verzichten können. wir werden ab sofort keine produkte aus ihrem sotiment kaufen. nie mehr!!!

  • Yana says:

    I really hope, that these tests will stop immediately and each company will do the same!THANKS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Georgie Pendragon says:

    What is the ratio. How many bottles of tea do they expect to sell, per unnecessary rabbit death? Maybe we could just skip all the poison in the middle and hand them the useless cash for each bunny. Don’t need their damn tea.

  • Marian & Ron Glass says:

    Fabulous. So glad you took that step to help our helpless animals. We will continue to use your products once again. Lipton is an Icon in America…

  • Fouad M says:

    A very good news! As what our signatures count! It will be necessary us to persist on this way concerning the commercial companies, which are sensitive only to blows carried in the wallet.

  • giacomo says:

    no sperimentazione

  • caterina says:

    no alla sperimentazione

  • elisa says:

    stop alla sperimentazione

  • Sandra Tiedemann says:

    animals have right to live like us!

  • PELERINS says:

    j ‘am very happy to learn that LIPTON stop cruel animals tests it’s victory against suffering animals felicitations

  • Joi says:

    Hallelujah! Victories like this make it all worthwhile. PETA, thank you SO much for all you do. You’re making a difference and saving precious lives. You’re rock stars!

  • signori says:

    stop experiments

  • Elsje Massyn says:

    How can we be sure that large companies like Unilever and Proter & Gamble will really put an end to their merciless cruelty against animals in their testing labs. How can they be trusted in any way?? How is it possible that they could have such a large monopoly on products of all kind. Why arent there any other companies who are doing things morally correct and their food supply are not seen on major food market’s shelves? I have personally tried to get food, hair, cosmetic products and everywhere that openly display their support for animal-anti cruelty, like for instance “Like Silk” products. Everywhere I look is Proter & Gamble or Unilever products. Its as if theyre the Mafia or something because they are everywhere. I think most animal anti-cruelty people dont want to support companies that only change their ways because of media and consumer pressure. I would like to support companies that do it right from the start because of moral convictions. There are those, but their products are not on our shelves in South Africa.

  • gerda says:

    Dit moet gestopt worden.Waarom moeten hier dieren voor gebruikt worden.Dieren die zich niet kunnen weren of voor hun zelf op kunnen komen!!!!! Gerda

  • Priscilla Lane says:

    This not necessary to be testing on the animals. What is wrong with people and animals, I will stop buying their products, if they can’t stop this cruelty to animals.

  • SefSat says:

    Stop horror!

  • Charlie says:

    Thank you PETA and all of you that digitally signed the petition to stop this cruelty, and don’t forget to email “Lipton” for their decision.

  • Bunny says:

    one small step for Lipton, one giant step for animal kind!

  • Mandy Landman says:

    THANK-YOU , THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU LIPTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!! We sincerely appreciate your prompt and compassionate decision to stop testing tea on animals. I had STOPPED purchasing Lipton tea products . . . and now that Lipton is a cruelty free company – I’m happy to buy Lipton products once again.

  • Denisa Estok says:

    Please dont let the animals suffer from cruel testing anymore !

  • G. Desrochers, P.Eng. says:

    THANK YOU !!!! I am SO GLAD you have opened your hearts for the animals!!! (And we will also drink Lipton’s again). Our 3 pet rabbits, Sophie (7 yrs), Gaston (8 yrs) and Obelix (a giant French Lop of 8 months old) thank too, you very, very, very much !

  • Annabelle Lipke says:

    The rabbits needs freedom

  • Kristalina Starseed Pleiadian says:

    I’m glad –

  • Joanne Kennedy says:

    Hopefully other companies will follow and do the same.

  • Mabel says:

    Very glad to learn that!!! 😀 Thank you!! I sent a thank you to Lipton. This is truely great.

  • Sandra says:

    This is great news! Thanks to every person who took action and gave these creatures a voice when they didn’t have one. Thanks to PETA for all they do. This is a very good day.

  • JESUS GOMEZ says:

    Please stop the experiments that do suffer the animals

  • c day says:

    I wrote to Lipton numerous times and did not receive a repsonse. I signed the petitions and I gave my Lipton tea bags to Salvation Army. So happy to read this. When we shop, every item scanned is a vote. When we speak, people hear. When we sign a petition, someone reads it. YEAH!!!!!

  • aayush says:

    please leave animal alone,,,

  • Sandra says:

    Oh, this makes me feel so much better today. Good news about our fellow creatures is such a welcome event. Thanks to all for taking action and using their voices for those who don’t have one.

  • merrililly says:

    YEAY!!! That is a VICTORY!! NO animal should have to endure the pain of being tested just so humans can “enjoy” a dang cup of tea or anything for that matter!! Cheers!

  • linda e. newman says:

    PLEASE do whats correct

  • antonio daniele says:

    NO ANIMAL TESTS AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • horgne angie says:

    when this cruelty will stop , humans need to awake their spirit and stop release animals as garbage , cause animals are part of us mean life.

  • Purplelotus says:

    Hooray! I missed the action alert, but when i found out that Lipton tests on animals, i stopped buying their products. One more success for Peta!

  • Anmarja ter wal says:

    Stop it now!!!!!!!!! It can by on a other way!!!!

  • Blanca Syra Irurozki Areso says:

    Apiadense de los animales.

  • diana says:

    That was quick! Good work 🙂

  • Diana Hinojosa says:

    Thank god!!!!!! 🙂

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  • Morgan Weber says:

    Well played PETA !!!

  • isabelle dor says:

    stop all these tests

  • skylukin01 says:

    YES…I cna drink Lipton again. Thank You !! what a super win for animals. Action works ..

  • Phyllis says:

    YEA! Great news for a Monday morning. Thanks PETA!

  • Marie says:

    I am thrilled to hear this!!! I got an e-mail from the company this morning as a response to the complaint e-mail I sent and I was ectatic! Wonderful news 🙂

  • Veggie_Chick221 says:

    This is wonderful news. I’ve always loved Lipton beverages and was devastated to hear that they test on animals, more so for the animals’ sake than the fact that I could no longer drink their products. Now that they’ve agreed to stop I can feel comfortable drinking Lipton knowing that no animal had to suffer to make it appear on grocery store shelves. Lipton you have turned over a new leaf and you can be sure that so many more people will love you and buy your products now that animals are not being killed for it. Thank you all!

  • ... says:

    I’m doing a speech on animal cruelty for school