In only a few days, children around the world will be ringing doorbells and looking for Halloween treats. As scary as some of their costumes might be, the true horror this holiday will actually be the M&Ms, Snickers, or Skittles candies that lie in your child’s candy bag. All these candies, along with many other candies sold under household names, are manufactured by Mars Inc., a company responsible for the deaths of numerous animals in unnecessary animal tests.
We need your help to change that this Halloween season. Please support our "Stop Animal Testing" Challenge. Right now, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of generous PETA donors. That means your donation will go twice as far toward making sure that no animal has to suffer through painful, outdated tests for the sake of a chocolate bar.
PETA is hoping to raise $92,533 before the end of the month to reach our goal of $250,000 toward ending animal tests like those conducted on behalf of Mars. Won’t you please support this challenge today?
The experiments funded by Mars, including the following examples, are truly the stuff of Halloween nightmares:
- Rats have been force-fed chocolate chemicals and had needles jabbed directly into their still beating hearts.
- Rabbits have been cut apart to determine the effects of cocoa on muscle tissue.
- Guinea pigs have had cocoa ingredients injected into arteries in their necks to measure the impact on their blood pressure.
And these are only a few of the tests that Mars has funded. Perhaps most disturbingly of all, not one of Mars’ experiments on animals is required by law.
Thanks to PETA’s hard work and pressure, many of the world’s major food corporations—including Mars’ chief rival, Hershey’s, and Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Co—have pledged not to fund or conduct experiments on animals.
But we cannot stop the torture of animals in laboratories without your immediate help. By giving online in this challenge today, your gift will be doubled to help stop Mars and other cruel corporations from conducting unnecessary tests on animals.
You know how crucial our work in behalf of animals in laboratories is, and so do the vivisectors, corporate researchers, and government officials PETA confronts with the hard facts about flawed and useless animal tests. Our success in stopping these tests and saving animals’ lives dates back to PETA’s very first case more than 25 years ago, and with your help during this special online challenge, we can add Mars and many others to that list.
But that success now depends on your caring and generosity. Please help us end the needless suffering of animals in tests for Mars and other companies by making a special online gift towards this challenge!
Thank you for all that you do for animals.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. We’re only $92,533 from reaching our goal in this special challenge, where your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Please help us be twice as effective for animals in laboratories by donating today!