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Cats force-fed Mr. Clean made by Proctor and Gamble

These cats were force fed Mr.Clean TM Toilet Bowl Cleaner / Restroom Disinfectant Made by Proctor and Gamble

November 25, 2011

Follow up (name withheld)

I'm a freelance journalist here in Central Iowa. Below is a reply I received from P&G. I wrote the ASPCA to see if they've heard anything about this, and whether it can be substantiated. I've not heard back yet on their behalf. It's a matter of finding out exactly where that photo came from. I'll look around. Below is the letter I was sent, aside from the generic ones sent out to myself, as well as a couple other consumers who also wrote the company:

From: Ratchford, Elizabeth

Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:55 PM

To: name withheld

Subject: Re: Mr. Clean/Animal Testing Website

Name withheld,

Good afternoon. I hope this finds you well. Your request was forwarded to me, and I wanted to take a moment to let you know that this image has nothing at all to do with P&G. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in alternatives research, and care deeply about people and their pets. We share our research broadly in scientific publications and our work has resulted in well over 50 new alternative methods that we and others use to circumvent the use of animals. As a company, we partner with leading animal protection groups, including the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in order to promote alternative research methods and enhance animal welfare.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Best,

Elizabeth


ed. note: This seems a bit like a form letter since it says they "care deeply about people and their pets" and pets have nothing to do with the photo.

And the fact that they "share our research broadly in scientific publications" is also not relevant to the photo.

Yet, the photo may be a fake. But P&G didn't say that the photo could not have been taken somewhere on their premises or that it could have been taken in a lab hired to do work for P&G, or even that they would investigate.

Hopefully the anonymous source of the photo will be more specific. Although perhaps they can't because they might lose their job.

 

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