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Animal Testing

Mice similar to these have been tormented in Nestea's cruel tea tests.

Before taking your next sip of iced tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, which makes Nestea, conducts—and pays others to conduct—painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company causes animals to suffer simply to investigate the possible health benefits linked to tea products and ingredients, even though not one of these experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove health claims about food and beverage products.

In these cruel tests, mice and rats were tormented and then killed by decapitation and other methods. The following are some of the details of the horrors endured by the animals used in Nestea's tea experiments:

  • Mice bred to suffer from brain dysfunction and rapid aging were fed tea extracts and then locked in a dark chamber, where they received painful electric shocks to their feet. The mice were then killed.
  • Mice bred to suffer from muscle degeneration were fed tea components, after which experimenters cut open the animals' leg muscles and then decapitated them.
  • Experimenters injected toxic chemicals into mice to destroy insulin-producing cells, causing the animals to develop diabetes. After this cruel procedure, the mice were force-fed tea extracts and then killed.
  • After causing rats to suffer from high levels of fat and cholesterol in their bloodstreams, experimenters shoved tubes down the animals' throats to force them to consume tea ingredients. The rats were then killed and dissected.

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