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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.

Modern, cruelty-free research methods are available and are in use by other leading beverage companies around the world. We need YOU to join us in telling Nestea to ditch CruelTEA to animals and to use non-animal methods instead.

Please take a moment to ask Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Arizona, Celestial Seasonings, Honest Tea, Lipton, Luzianne Tea, Snapple, Stash Tea, Tazo, Twinings, and others—that don't experiment on animals.

Send polite comments to:

Paul Bulcke
CEO
Nestlé S.A.
paul.bulcke@nestle.com

Paul Grimwood
CEO
Nestlé USA
paul.grimwood@us.nestle.com

Sample e-mail text is provided below to help you draft your message. Please be sure to include a personalized subject line in your e-mail to Nestea.

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I was shocked to learn that your company, which makes Nestea, experiments on animals simply to make health claims about your tea products and ingredients.

Experimenters injected mice with toxic chemicals to give them diabetes, then force-fed them tea ingredients before killing them. In another experiment, mice were force-fed tea extracts and then had their leg muscles cut open before they were decapitated. Your company also funded an experiment in which brain-damaged and rapidly aging mice were locked in dark chambers and given painful shocks to their extraordinarily sensitive feet before being killed.

U.S. and international regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove health claims about food and beverage products.

The makers of Arizona, Celestial Seasonings, Honest Tea, Lipton, Luzianne Tea, Snapple, Stash Tea, Tazo, Twinings, and other leading tea brands have confirmed in writing that they do not test their teas or ingredients on animals.

Please stop these cruel and archaic tests and institute a policy against conducting and funding tea tests on animals. I won't buy Nestea products and will support only those tea companies that don't test on animals until your company stops testing tea and tea ingredients on animals.