It’s Not Splendid

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals.  Animals suffer as much as we do.  True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them.  It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it.  Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.  ~  Albert Schweitzer, “The Philosophy of Civilization.”

Albert Schweitzer died before I was born.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like much has changed since he wrote the quote above.

In yesterday’s post “Is Splenda Vegan?” I mentioned that Splenda had been tested on animals. Thanks to FoodEater of  To Live and Eat in LA for pointing out that was a gross understatement that is.  She provides links to the campaign Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).  Huntingdon is Huntingdon Life Sciences, an animal testing facility based in London, with facilities in the US and Japan as well.

According to SHAC, researchers estimate that 12,800 animals were killed in the testing of sucralose (Splenda).  We used to jokingly refer to Splenda as “Splendid,” but between the animal abuse and the mixed , I don’t expect we’ll ever say that agin.

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” ~ Pythagoras (500 BC)

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