If You've Been Boycotting Lipton Tea Or Are One Of The 40,000 PETA Supporters Who Sent Emails Urging Unilever To Stop Testing Tea On Animals, You Can Consider Your Actions A Victory. The Company Has Agreed To Go Cruelty-Free With Tea.

If you've been boycotting Lipton tea or are one of the 40,000 PETA supporters who sent emails urging Unilever (the world's largest tea maker, which makes Lipton) to stop testing tea on animals, you can consider your actions a victory. The company has agreed to go cruelty-free.
If you've been boycotting Lipton tea or are one of the 40,000 PETA supporters who sent emails urging Unilever (the world's largest tea maker, which makes Lipton) to stop testing tea on animals, you can consider your actions a victory. The company has agreed to go cruelty-free.

Animal testing is not required for teas -- so WTH?

Why was Unilever testing on animals in the first place? According to PETA, not one of the animal 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. Yet, countless rabbits, piglets, and mice were tormented to study the effects of Unilever's tea products and ingredients.

Unilever gives up animal testing on tea

PETA initiated an online action alert to rally supporters to contact Unilever to stop animal testing. The result was emails from more than 40,000 people worldwide in addition to representatives from PETA and their affiliates in India and Europe flying to London to meet with Unilever. Unilever agreed to halt testing on animals. On its website, Unilever states, "Unilever is committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect."

Lipton joins the cruelty-free teas

Lipton now 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 providing teas that are cruelty-free.

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