In these cruel and painful tests, rabbits, mice, rats, and piglets were tortured and then killed by decapitation and suffocation, among other methods. Following are more of the horrific details about what happened to the animals who were used in the company’s experiments:
Rabbits were fed a high-fat, cholesterol-laden diet, leading to extreme hardening of the arteries. They were then fed tea to see if it could reduce the lesions that formed on the animals’ arteries. After the experiment, the rabbits’ heads were cut off.
Mice bred to suffer from a painful bowel inflammation were fed tea ingredients in order to see if the tea had any effect on their condition. After the test, experimenters killed the mice by suffocating them or breaking their necks.
Rats were forced to eat a high-sugar diet, and then tea was given to the animals to see if it could protect against sugar-induced brain damage. Other rats had their abdominal wall punctured and were fed radioactively labeled tea ingredients through a tube in their stomachs in order to examine the absorption of tea in the body. Then they were killed, frozen with liquid nitrogen, and crushed.
Piglets were exposed to E. coli toxin and then fed tea in order to see if the tea could prevent fluid loss and diarrhea. As part of the tests, experimenters cut the pigs’ intestines apart while the animals were still alive. The piglets were then killed.
Quite frankly I’m disgusted stuff like this still goes on.
Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
If a white person takes racism seriously only when it hurts “white people”, then the white person does not see the humanity or equality of people of colour. An anti-racist framework should not encourage or reinforce white in-group bias. Nonetheless, it is interesting that racism actually harms white people.
Some of the notes on this post are along the lines of, “But anyone can be racist, not just white people.” Maybe. Depends how you define it.
But with pretty standard prejudice + systemic power definitions, think of it this way: as a light-skinned, US-born-and-citizen black woman, in some small ways racism benefits me—but only as an individual, and only if those instances could be separated from all the rest of my life, which they cannot. Such as, a white person might treat me better (or actually just less badly) than they would a darker-skinned black person, or might treat me a certain way based on how I talk, so I might get little bits of favors or glimpses of respect. But, is being treated in a less disdainful manner the same as being treated with respect? HELL NO.
Or another example, think about the ways black people and Latino immigrants are deliberately divided & pitted against one another. If I get a bit of a leg up on something because at least I’m not an immigrant, that same person who’s an immigrant might be getting a leg up on something because at least they’re not black. Again, is that the same as respect? When was the last time you told someone, “I’m really glad we’re friends, what I really like about you is that at least you’re not that other guy.” HELL NO, still not respect. And we both have much more to gain from being friends instead of being divided.
So on a micro scale, an isolated incident in race-relations might look like I benefit from how I’m being treated, but there’s no such thing here as an isolated incident. If I’m being treated less badly for being light, my darker-skinned father is being treated more badly, and neither of us is being treated well and in the long run I’m not really benefiting. In the long run we each benefit much more by us both having happier lives where we are respected.