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LOS ANGELES - In correspondence with a local animal activist<br><br>
yesterday, Whole Foods Market Customer Communications Specialist<br><br>
Jessie Walker said that Whole Foods would pull POM Wonderful products<br><br>
off their shelves nationwide April first unless the company stopped<br><br>
testing on animals. Animal rights activists applauded the move by the<br><br>
progressive grocer.<br><br><br><br>
After being exposed last year as funding cruel and unnecessary animal<br><br>
experiments, in which baby mice were deprived of oxygen and rabbits<br><br>
had their penile arteries severed, POM has seen legal demonstrations<br><br>
at the homes of its executives in Los Angeles as well as a recent<br><br>
claim alleging product tampering on the East Coast, where an anonymous<br><br>
communique stated that 487 bottles of POM juice had been tainted with<br><br>
a gastrointestinal irritant.<br><br>
(full communique at<br><br><a href="http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/communiques/2006-12-14_pom.htm" target="_blank">http://www.animalliberationpressoffi...-12-14_pom.htm</a>)
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
awesome!<br><br><br><br>
now we just need to get them to pull animal flesh.</div>
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Isn't it amazing how people get all up in arms about animal testing, but yet refuse to consider the pain and suffering factory farmed animals must go through? Surely the list of things those animals go through is much longer and more horrible than the tests POM has been conducting (not to justify them or belittle their actions.)
 

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Awesome ...sooo happy to hear this...Thanx for the info<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fyvel</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
surely the list of things those animals go through is much longer and more horrible than the tests POM has been conducting</div>
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What specifically makes you say that?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
awesome!<br><br><br><br>
now we just need to get them to pull animal flesh.</div>
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People are going to buy meat anyway, so they might as well buy humanely raised meat from Whole Foods instead of cheaper meat from other grocery stores.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Irizary</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What specifically makes you say that?</div>
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Nothing specifically. Just a general feeling that as horrific as animal testing is, I think there are generally more standards about their care than there are for food animals. Not to say that the testing procedures don't make me sick when I think about them, just that I perceive the food industry as being more horrific.<br><br><br><br>
On one hand, a rabbit has it's penile arteries severed, likely as a surgical procedure under anaesthetic. It lives in a cage, is fed some pomegranate juice extract is euthanised, and an autopsy is done.<br><br><br><br>
On the other hand, a calf is castrated without anaesthetic. The procedure I've seen involves large clamps that are placed over the testicles. It damages the area, scar tissue builds up, effectively blocking the flow of semen. The animal is then kept in horrible conditions (we all know about them here so we won't go into them), is transported on a truck without food or water, possibly in the heat, to a slaughterhouse. It is then put into a line of other animals being processed at high speeds. Chances are good that the animal won't even be stunned before it is skinned alive and/or chopped up.<br><br><br><br>
Both processes are horrific. I just see one as worse than the other. Even if it isn't worse, it's at least as bad, yet so many people refuse to accept that and continue eating their hamburgers, while complaining about the horrors of animal testing. It's hypocritical.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA: I think it's great that Whole Foods is listening to it's customers on this one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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According to their site, Whole Foods has 187 locations in North America and the United Kingdom. It is the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods.
 

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geez, can't some people just be happy that they're pulling it from the shelves instead of going ahead and actually questioning <i>why</i> Whole Foods sells meat? ....come on people, a little says alot here!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"> , Whole Foods isn't a veg*n store, so chill out! at least they try...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lachry</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
does whole foods have any clout or is it a nothing store?<br><br><br><br>
(i'm not a yank)</div>
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They might have a bit. POM owners announced today they will stop using animals as test subjects and let all their retail outlets in on the policy change. <a href="http://www.reuters.com" target="_blank">Reuters</a> has the story.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>snownose</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
People are going to buy meat anyway, so they might as well buy humanely raised meat from Whole Foods instead of cheaper meat from other grocery stores.</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> Good job rationalizing away ethical responsibility.
 

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Yay for whole foods! I read that an AR activist kept pestering the CEO of whole foods about their animal products, and finally he listened and dramatically increased their animal care standards for their meat, dairy, and egg producers. He himself went vegan. Now Whole Foods carries some of the most humane animal products available. I think I read that in Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus. I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> I hope I have my facts straight! Someone correct me if I'm wrong.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, good for them for pulling POM. At least it makes a positive statement.
 

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Yay for whole foods! I read that an AR activist kept pestering the CEO of whole foods about their animal products, and finally he listened and dramatically increased their animal care standards for their meat, dairy, and egg producers. He himself went vegan. Now Whole Foods carries some of the most humane animal products available. I think I read that in Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus. I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> I hope I have my facts straight! Someone correct me if I'm wrong.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, good for them for pulling POM. Maybe it will make them re-think their policy on animal testing, as Whole Foods is a big seller to their target market - health food nuts.
 

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Wait a minute. Wasn't the animal testing "neccessary" etc.<br><br><br><br>
Obviously not. When stores stop stocking pom (and pom profits are threatened) suddenly it ceases to be neccesary. Hmmm...<br><br><br><br>
Pom shouldn't only halt its trsting, it should issue an apology to the animal nations and make a donation to the ALF for the extent of its murderous assaults on innocent creatures.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lachry</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
Pom shouldn't only halt its trsting, it should issue an apology to the animal nations and make a donation to the ALF for the extent of its murderous assaults on innocent creatures.</div>
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Who the **** are the "animal nations?"<br><br>
And why would a legitimate company provide funding to terrorists (and cowardly, asswipe ones at that?)
 

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People are going to buy meat anyway, so they might as well buy humanely raised meat from Whole Foods instead of cheaper meat from other grocery stores.</div>
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Selling somewhat less inhumanely "produced" meat is one thing (a non-veg*n thing). Labeling it with ridiculous names like "animal compassion" or whatever is another thing.<br><br><br><br>
I still can't comprehend how Whole Foods could sell live lobsters. Yeah, it's not a company only for veg*ns - that seems abundantly clear.
 
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