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Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Still Kill Animals in Unreliable Tests
For Immediate Release:September 6, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. — PETA has bought stock in the two largest
tobacco manufacturers in order to prevent thousands
of animals from being forced to inhale smoke for months at a time—a testing method not required by law
and irrelevant to human smokers—and then being killed.
Owning stock in R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris' parent
company, Philip Morris
International, will allow PETA to attend annual meetings and submit
shareholder resolutions calling for an end to a
practice that is inhumane and archaic. Modern, non-animal testing methods are
available and are less expensive and more reliable than animal tests.
"Forcing rats to breathe cigarette smoke for hours on
end is cruel and won't make smoking any safer," says PETA Senior Vice
President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "By joining Philip
Morris' and R.J. Reynolds' shareholders, PETA will push these companies toward
the exclusive use of more humane and accurate non-animal testing methods that
are already employed around the world."
In one recent study, experimenters with Philip Morris—the
maker of Marlboro, Virginia Slims, and Parliament, among other brands—stuffed
thousands of rats into tiny canisters and pumped tobacco smoke directly into
their noses for six hours a day for 90 consecutive days. The rats were then
killed and dissected. In a recent study conducted by R.J. Reynolds—whose brands
include Camel, Kool, Winston, and Pall Mall—experimenters forced hundreds of
mice and rats to eat food laced with tobacco for three months. Some of the
animals developed hair loss, swollen genitals, and skin ulcers. All of them
were killed and dissected.
None of these tests is required by law. The risks of
existing and new tobacco products can be assessed using solely in vitro
and human-based research. Tobacco tests on animals have been banned in many
countries, including the U.K., Germany, and Belgium, and Canada requires only
modern non-animal tests.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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