Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Mars, Inc. Animal Cruelty. Bad Chocolate. Animal Experimentation.

For those of you who love chocolate snacks, or simply because Halloween is fast approaching, you may want to know that Mars Inc. has funded deadly animal tests. PETA reported that Mars Inc. funded " a gory experiment on rats to determine the effects of chocolate ingredients on their blood vessels. Experimenters force-fed the rats by shoving plastic tubes down their throats and then cut open the rats' legs to expose arteries, which were clamped shut to block blood flow. After the experiment, the animals were killed. Mars also supported an experiment in which baby mice were crammed into small Plexiglas chambers—which were each about half the size of a 12-ounce soda can—and submerged them for nearly five hours in chilled water—just to see if a chocolate ingredient affected their breathing rate. Not one of the tests funded by Mars is required by law, and studies using human subjects are more reliable. "

The things people do to animals! Incredible, and that's for us to have chocolate snacks that are not good for us to begin with. Clogged arteries and animal cruelty shouldn't be part of our lives at all. Now, it behooves you to know that Mars, Inc. makes M&M's, Snickers, Twix, Dove, Three Musketeers, Starburst, Skittles, and other candies .

Now, by comparison, Hershey's has pledged not to fund or conduct experiments on animals. That's a step towards the right direction. If you can't give up the chocolate habit, at least move towards Hershey's and not Mars, Inc.

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living peace said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't realize candy companies experimented on animals also. It's definitely a good reason NOT to eat chocolate!

Chessbuff said...

Well, not all chocs are bad. More and more reports say that eating eating a small, 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate is beneficial to the heart. There is thing called Epicatechin. It is a member of a group of compounds called plant flavoniods. Flavoniods prevent cholesterol from collecting in blood vessels. Thus, they reduce the risk of blood clots, and they slow down the immune responses that lead to clogged arteries. So, go for Hershey's dark chocolates.