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Cruelty-free chocolate

February 13, 2008

The well-known animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is currently encouraging consumers not to blow their Valentine’s Day dough on candy manufactured by Mars. Why? Because Mars conducts animal testing.

Seems odd — but then, most commercial candy isn’t exactly made from natural ingredients. If you really need your big-brand candy fix this holiday, PETA encourages shoppers to support Hershey’s instead, as Hershey’s has pledged not to conduct tests on animals.

Human chocolovers, of course, should feel free to experiment on themselves as much as they like.

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1. by cybele on Feb 13, 2008 at 6:47 PM PST

Did you read anything other than PETA’s one-sided (histrionic) site?

Yes, commercial candy is made from natural ingredients. Have you ever read what’s in a Snickers bar? Or a Dove bar? I think the only unnatural thing on that list is vanillin (which is usually derived from natural sources, but not the vanilla bean so it’s called artificial vanilla flavor).

Mars gave a university money to perform a few MEDICAL tests regarding the health benefits of chocolate. Yes, animals (rats & mice) were killed in the process. It’s not like they have white fluffy bunnies in cages and are smearing peanut butter in their eyes and making monkeys eat 3Musketeers.

I’m not saying that using animals in medical tests is right or wrong, but there’s a lot more to this story than you’re reporting.

2. by Tracy Landes on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM PDT

Do you know for a fact what kind of animals are being used? It is very common to use cats, dogs, and, yes, bunnies. they live their entire existence in a cage waiting for the next experiment.

3. by Maryann Kelly on Aug 1, 2014 at 5:23 AM PDT

That fact is that this is not necessary. Its chocolate! Yes Mars does some good things. But the fact is that one good act does not replace a bad one. NO animal should have to suffer for chocolate. Or Makeup. These are things we can do without. So if we want them we should find ethical ways of getting them.

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