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Pomegranates are Wonderful; Animal Testing Isn't

September 07, 2006 | Animal Testing / Press Releases / Take Action

Friends of Animals Boycotts Juice Company

Friends of Animals members and supporters have spoken. And they don't want animal testing in their pomegranate juice.

FoA has called for a boycott of POM Wonderful brand juices until the company and its profits cease to be implicated in animal research or testing.

According to an April 2006 report in The New York Times Magazine, POM Wonderful owners Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick have funded $15 million in research on the health benefits of pomegranate juice. Friends of Animals members were stunned to learn that some of this money went to animal testing.

POM Wonderful has supported tests published in June 2005 on the effects of the juice on brain injuries in mice and on erectile dysfunction in rabbits.

"POM Wonderful should and can be mindful of the health of all species, not just our own," said Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral.

"Why not simply support and cite studies on human populations?" asked Feral. In 2005, Dr Dean Ornish published a paper in the American Journal of Cardiology, looking at blood flow to the heart in 45 patients with blocked arteries who were given a placebo or pomegranate juice.

"Until POM Wonderful makes a public commitment against animal testing, we'll encourage people to choose a different juice."

Please contact POM to notify them of your pledge to boycott POM products at:

POM Wonderful
11444 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: (310) 966-5800

Email: customerservice@pomwonderful.com

01-26-2007 UPDATE:

Last week it was reported that retailers were told that "POM Wonderful pomegranate juice has ceased all animal testing and we have no plans to do so in the future." This week a large animal welfare organization has reported that POM Wonderful sent the organization a letter stating: "Neither POM Wonderful nor its related entities provide funding for ongoing animal testing on POM Juice (or POM Tea). Moreover, there are no plans to do so in the future." These statements from POM Wonderful offer little more that hope against hope that the company will no longer use animal testing. Other than these paper victories, there is no evidence that POM Wonderful has ended its reliance on animal testing.

Since September 2006, Friends of Animals has asked consumers to boycott POM Wonderful and drink another brand. Friends of Animals will continue to encourage consumers to choose a more ethical source of pomegranate juice so long as POM Wonderful continues using, supporting or promoting animal research. Presently there is no evidence that POM Wonderful is willing to renounce animal testing. On the contrary, POM Wonderful continues to maintain a "science" section of its website dedicated to touting animal testing as proof of the benefits of pomegranate juice.

Regardless of whether POM Wonderful does not presently commission or plan to commission animal tests, the company has offered no real commitment to opposing future testing. And while POM Wonderful continues to promote previously commissioned research, the company is also free use animal testing results presently being conducted on behalf of a third party. Thus, Friends of Animals see absolutely no evidence that POM Wonderful will not continue to promote and exploit animal experimental testing, even if the company is not presently conducting such testing itself.

Comments

Is it true that Stew Leonards carries this product in the Norwalk stores and the Danbury CT stores. I may be mistaken but truly doubt it. [Blog editors' note: The POM drinks are everywhere, Wild Oats, Stop & Shop. They're widely distributed. There are several good alternatives,

Here's a copy of my letter to the company Dear POM Wonderful, There is only one book you must read if you want to know whether animal testing has EVER produced any worthwhile results. It is: "Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals," by C. Ray and Jean S. Greek. The authors are a doctor of medicine and a veterinarian, respectively. Their website is www.curedisease.com and they are based in California. If you do not bother to learn truth from falsehood by reading their definitive book, it will prove to me that you choose to remain misguided by fallacies, not to mention lack compassion for all species. In which case I will be happy to NOT buy your products, and to nofify my extensive list of friends of this boycott opportunity. Please board the humane train. You'll find the ride ever so much more comfortable, safe, and profitable (for all) than the bumpy ride that is yours when you choose to act unethically. Sincerely, [I also indicated to POM that I'll be spending a week in the LA area soon -- and would be happy to ask my many friends there to boycott the company.]

I really don't like the POM juice but ill let others in my school know not to drink it. (i get headaches from the stuff anyways lol )

Really i dont know how these kinds of people think, are they interested when they saw that the animals are suffering during their cruel experiment the animals have the rights to live and we must protect its' freedom. And also the government must prevent these experiments.

OMG with the marvels of medical science you think trial studies would be performed on volunteer human subjects to see the effects on them, animals are not the same as us, and they react diffrently to things than humans do. Leave these precious beautiful lives alone, animals are living breathing creatures with thoughts feelings and they deserve the same rights and respects that humans have.

I have just written a letter to the company. My husband and I love pomegranate juice; besides tasting good, it also has many health benefits. After learning that such cruel animal tests are performed for a "mere" juice (is nothing safe from animal testing any more?), we will not buy POM brand ever again - even if and when they stop their unnecessary animal testing! They've lost good customers, and I told them so!

I live in Jacksonville, Fl., & the stores here do sell the POM juices. I have been drinking it, with some of my friends. We won't drink it anymore! [Blog editors' note: Odwalla sells pomegranate juice in the refrigerated section of many grocery stores, and Wild Oats also sells its own brand in their stores.

I've tried their product, but now get my juices from Trader Joe's - for a much better price. We already know that drinking this juice is a good thing. I kind of doubt that it will solve the problems of people with brain injuries, or erectile dysfunction. What a waste of money, and a shame for those hapless lab animals. That money can be better spent of animal welfare, and helping people who don't have health insurance. I'll be writing them a letter.

Here is a copy of email I sent to them. I had just started drinking Pomegranate juice (and coincidently, your brand of juice) for the reported health benefits and now I find out your company is supporting animal research/testing. That is not acceptable to me and therefore I will no longer be buying your product unless you stop (and it would go a long way if you also funded an animal welfare/rescue type organization to the tune of $15 mil you spent callously funding research to use/abuse animals). Excerpt of what I'm taking about as below: "According to an April 2006 report in The New York Times Magazine, POM Wonderful owners Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick have funded $15 million in research on the health benefits of pomegranate juice. Friends of Animals members were stunned to learn that some of this money went to animal testing. POM Wonderful has supported tests published in June 2005 on the effects of the juice on brain injuries in mice and on erectile dysfunction in rabbits. “POM Wonderful should and can be mindful of the health of all species, not just our own,” said Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral. “Why not simply support and cite studies on human populations?”" Good question that last, why not only use human populations? It's ridiculous that I have to boycott a company that makes a good, healthy, fruit juice product because of animal testing! Stick with humans and fruit and leave animals out of things!

If you products was a pure and wholesome there would be no need to animal test. I bought your products a couple times and will never purchase it again. I will also tell all my friends and family about how your company animal test, and be sure when I am at the grocery store if I see anyone near your juice, I will tell them about how the company amimal test your juice. God didn't put animals on earth to animal teat and abuse, leave them alone!

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