Sunday, 1 November 2015

Take Nestlé off your suitable for vegetarians list

Thumbs down for Nestle in the UK.
If there's one thing worse than companies being too lazy to label products vegetarian or vegan (something that should be compulsory by law), its companies like Nestlé changing the ingredients in popular products without any notice.

but who wants to have to look up the latest list from every single company whenever they go shopping?

How can you trust these lists when the products that look to have only vegetarian ingredients (hey, we end up examining them with a magnifying glass) and that ARE LISTED AS VEGETARIAN on store websites have hidden animal ingredients?


In Nestlés case, it's their Black Magic chocolates and their After Eight Mints that are no longer vegetarian (After Eights were once vegan). 

A staple gift for many vegetarians at Christmas, an elderly friend of mine who's vegetarian, got a shock when she asked me to check if After Eight dinner mints were vegetarian and I discovered after a lot of research that After Eight Mints were both were no longer suitable for vegetarians.


Here's where it gets even more confusing. According to an ingredient list on some Black Magic chocolates are vegetarian. It doesn't say that on the box and they're not in the Nestle vegetarian list. 

Look at the ingredients on Black Magic and its difficult to tell what ingredients they contain that no longer make them vegetarian. And, there's more confusion. Strawberry ones are veggie, but not orange ones, apparently. None are vegan. 

Cue confused face, or Nestlé boycott.

According to their updated October, 2015 list, "After Eight Bitesize Dark Chocolate Mints" are vegetarian, but not a box of After Eights Mints. Wonder what genius came up with that? Doh!

TIP - Some of the big supermarkets like Morrison's, the Co-Op and Asda make their own brand after dinner mints that are vegan. They're cheaper than After Eight's and there's no hidden nasties in them.

Always check the label before you buy. If you're in the UK, look for Vegetarian Society Approved and Vegan Society logo. 

Here's the Nestle OCTOBER 2015 vegetarian list 

Here's their vegan list 

You can complain to Nestle on Twitter by clicking HERE
Twitter @Nestle_UK_IRE

Consumer Services careline free on 00800 6378 5385 or 0800 00 00 30.

Consumer Services, Nestlé UK Ltd, Haxby Road, York, YO91 1XY.

In Conclusion - Me, I wouldn't touch Nestlé and their products with a ten foot pole for treating vegetarians and vegans and other shoppers with utter contempt and because of the Nestlé boycott (see below).

And that's how veggiegirl2011 sees it.

TIP - Also, watch out for After Eight Delicious Dark Chocolate and Mint Flavoured Desserts 4 x 70g they contain beef gelatine. Who wants ground down animal bone and muscle straight from the slaughterhouse floor in their dessert? 

The Nestle boycott

Nestlé is the target of a boycott because it contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants around the world by aggressively marketing baby foods in breach of international marketing standards.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Testing drugs on animals won't cure cancer

R.I.P Dad 

My dad died this year. He had a rare type cancer. He was only 62 and its hard to imagine that someone with such a big personality who could light up a room and make everyone laugh, is gone.

My dad didn't die of cancer. No, he died of kidney failure and starved to death.

The drugs to "cure" him, destroyed his kidneys.

The drugs they gave him to "cure" him, gave him a condition that meant even the mere smell of food made him feel violently ill, so he couldn't eat.

Cancer drugs kill people not just cancer 

How many times do you hear people who've lost loved ones to cancer say they died from cancer, when if you looked at many of their death certificates you'd find the drugs killed them, especially the chemotherapy which basically poisons people's bodies?

The trouble with cancer drugs is that they still continue to use the same chemotherapy drugs that have been killing people for decades. 

The main reason is these drugs work on some lab animals. 

**That's animals who are not the same as humans; who differ in many biological ways. 

**Animals who are kept in tiny cages, in artificial, controlled environments unlike the human patients who are allowed to live normal lives. 

The trouble with cancer research

Every time you hear about "advances in cancer research" and "the next cancer wonder drug," what they don't usually tell you (and journalists are too lazy to ask) is that too often this new, amazing breakthrough has been made by testing on animals only. Testing that is not reliable for so many reasons. Yet, the only way you can tell if a drug is going to work on humans is by testing it on humans - that includes using it on human tissue.

"Testing on animals, isn't just cruel, it also wastes time when more reliable methods should be used."

Considering the billions that have been spent on cancer research (so much of it donated by people who've lost someone who had cancer and who are conned into believing cancer research on animals will find a cure for humans) and the millions of animals who've died in the name of so called cancer research, little progress has been made on finding a cure. Sure, many patients are living longer, but how many people are actually cured?

I've known people to go into remission, but the cancer has always come back and either killed them or the drugs have. That seems to be what happens in most cases.

I look forward to a day when there is a cure, but this won't be achieved by experimenting on animals.

How can you help?

***Make sure your relatives know where the money most cancer charities raise goes and how it doesn't help to find a cure and causes needless animal suffering.

***Donate to cancer charities that don't fund animal experiments like hospices.

****Donate to charities that fund non-animal research like the Dr Hadwen Trust. They award grants to researchers who use alternatives to animal testing. 

What do the experts say? 

"I'm a cancer researcher, and the traditional model for testing drugs which are used for cancer therapy is to use a mouse. But recently, there have been great advances made in the laboratory in growing cancer cells in dishes, and I think it's got to the stage where, in many situations, this provides a much more accurate model than the mouse." 

Professor Ian Mackenzie, Professor of Stem Cell Science, Blizard Institute, London, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, 31 July 2013.

"Because oncology (cancer) drugs have a success rate of only 5%, it is clear that animal models are only marginally effective. " 
M.B. Esch, T.L. King and M.L. Shuler, The Role of Body-on-a-Chip Devices in Drug and Toxicity Studies, Annu. Rev. Biomed. Eng. 2011. 13:55–72 (doi:10.1146/annurev-bioeng-071910-124629)2010

"Animals don't reflect the reality of cancer in humans. We cure cancer in animals all the time, but not in people." - Fran Visco, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and four years later founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition, an advocacy group.