Posts Tagged ‘lab testing’

Stolen Dogs: How paranoid is too paranoid?

February 27, 2012 14 comments

A story about dogs being stolen in Scott County caught my attention last week. Every once in a while you hear rumors of dogs being stolen, but they always seemed to be just that, rumors. But this news story makes me wonder what is going on. Stealing a dog from a backyard is one thing, but breaking into a home to steal one?

I know that some Class “B” dealers will steal dogs to sell to testing labs, but I can’t imagine them stealing a pet right from a person’s home. That would put them a little too far over the gray line into possible jail time territory. However, I recently read a story in the paper where a police officer mentioned that a stolen dog was likely sold on eBay. eBay? Yup. Apparently, this is a new (or not so new?) way for people to make easy cash. How horrible. Yet another reason to dislike eBay’s Classifieds.

News like this makes pet owners like me feel a little paranoid. I don’t know about you, but I am almost always with my dogs when they are outside. I feel better knowing I can see where they are while they take care of their business. But, now I am considering adding a padlock to both gates. What do you think? Am I being too paranoid?

Blog The Change: Companies Testing on Animals – Is your product on the list?

July 15, 2011 21 comments

Blog the Change

Part 1 of 2

I’ve been wanting to blog about this issue for some time, but today I had two perfect reasons to do so.

1. Today is Blog the Change for Animals Day. It only happens four times a year, so I always like to take part in this worthy event. As a pet lover and blogger, this is my opportunity to bring attention to one issue and ask people to do something that makes a difference.

2. Today, Life with Dogs posted a story about the very issue I have been wanting to blog about – companies that test products on animals.

I am not a radical tree-hugging activist. In fact, not even close. I like to think of myself as more of an average person who just happens to love animals and hates it when they are mistreated, cruelly abused or neglected. So when I saw this video (see video below) a couple of months ago I knew I wanted to blog about this topic. The video shows two of nine rescued Beagles on their first day of freedom from a testing lab. It brought tears to my eyes knowing what they had been through and what they were about to experience, freedom.

But how could I write about it when I didn’t even know what I could personally do to make a difference?

Then today Life with Dogs posted a story about this issue and posted a link a link listing all of the companies and products who do animal testing. I was shocked to discover that many of the products I use in my daily life were on that list. Products like: Cover Girl, Clorox, Coppertone, Garnier, Listerine, Lubiderm, Orange Glo, OxiClean and Visine. Companies like: 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Dial Corporation, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Lancome and SC Johnson & Son. Did you have any idea that yours were on the list? I didn’t.

Now I have the information I need to make a change, I am making a pledge today to quit buying from these companies. In fact, I have already begun to organize the products and companies on this list into a grocery list that I can bring with me when I am shopping. This will make it much easier for me to avoid buying these products. I am also going to start shopping online for products and companies who don’t test on animals. I may be only one person, but I can make a difference!

I encourage you to get involved too. The more we use our dollars to speak for us, the more companies will listen.

So how can you help?
1. Watch the video to understand why animal testing must stop.
2. Pledge to stop buying products from these companies.
3. Share this blog post and video with others and ask them to take the pledge.

Tomorrow, I will give you another reason to not buy products from companies that test on animals.
It will be Blog the Change Part 2!

Now here’s that amazing Beagle video. If you want to know more about the Beagle Freedom Project, you can check out their site here.

Update: Another blogger participating in Blog the Change happened to cover the same topic, but she shared good news! One of the companies on the list, Allergen, has announced that they are phasing out animal testing! Yay! Read more about the type of testing they did and what they are phasing out. This is really good news!

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