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I am a Melaleuca member and I am against companies that hire monsters to test their products on animals. I have asked Melaleuca customer service if they test on animals and they avoid the question.

If you have never seen what goes on at animal testing or research labs I urge you to do your own research. Its horrendous! Seems to me that a company that claims to be so-called natural would want to clear their name but they wont answer.

I have stopped buying their *** and I only buy from companies that dont test on animals. Dont waste your money!

Monetary Loss: $1000.

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Anonymous
#883365

Here's The CEO of Melaleuca's latest response. Please read it in full, in context:

I am writing in response to your questions regarding Melaleuca's position on animal testing.

Let me begin by telling you how much we appreciate having you as a Melaleuca customer and by reassuring you that Melaleuca has never tested its personal care or home care products on animals, nor will we ever do so!

Melaleuca is absolutely against cruelty to animals! We have never allowed nor will we ever tolerate the cruel treatment of any animal in the forwarding of our business. I grew up on a farm and throughout my childhood I had several animal friends whom I affection for and who I feel returned that loyalty and affection, including several dogs, cats, cows, a horse, and a baby pet hawk that I raised after it had fallen from its nest. I nurtured that hawk until it was old enough to turn loose.

Animals have played an important role in my life, and today my wife and I (and our kids) own two dogs, a cat, and several cows and horses.

I have a confession to make: While I will usually carry a spider outside and turn it loose rather than smash it, as I write this letter, I am wearing a leather belt and leather shoes, and yesterday I had a hamburger for lunch and fish for dinner. I am not a vegetarian, nor do I put animals on the same plane as humans. If I had to make a choice between animals and people, in my book, people come first.

Our first run-in with PETA occurred in 1993. That year we were preparing to bring out a new dog shampoo.

In its annual questionnaire, PETA asked us once again to commit to not test any of our products on animals. We told them that we would not, except, of course, we planned to test our new dog shampoo on dogs; i.e. wash a few dogs to make sure it performed properly. PETA insisted that any testing was prohibited--even shampooing dogs!

We argued at length that we were not hurting the dog, only shampooing it. They argued back that rules were rules and if we could not fill out their form with an absolute statement that "we will never test any product on animals," then we would not qualify to be on their cruelty free list. We found that absurd! And we were eventually removed from their list in 1997.

Since then, PETA has found us in violation of their policies in two other instances.

One instance occurred when a company called Natural World was advertising that its cleaning products were safe for children to play with and even drink. Melaleuca had concerns that at least one of these products appeared to be potentially harmful, and that children may be harmed by drinking it. Melaleuca commissioned a laboratory to test the safety of one of Natural World's products on ten rats. The rats died a horrible death.

The test proved that the "safe for children" product was deadly poison. Natural World was forced to cease its "safe for children" claim. In retaliation, Natural World turned over the results of the tests to PETA. Our position is that we potentiall saved several children from serious injury, and perhaps even death.

PETA's position is that a rat's life is as valuable as a child's life, and that no child is worth sacrificing an animal. That sounds preposterous to me, but it is the absolute position of PETA. In Melaleuca's quest to enhance and prolong life, we have been devoloping a product called Provex CV, a product that will greatly increase cardiovascular health. Our research and progress to date indicate that we may have found a natural product that will greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in America.

The University researching the merits of this product has now done several human tests to prove Provex CV's effects on platelet activity and LDL cholesterol oxidation in the blood. The Ethics Committee at this University, along with most other universities, will not allow human tests to be done on a product until the product has been proven safe and effective on animals. Prior to performing human studies to prove Provex CV's effectiveness, Melaleuca commissioned that the product be tested on dogs first. All of these tests proved very successful, and the testing that was required to be performed on dogs stopped.

The result is that we now are able to test on humans and we feel that mankind has been greatly helped with a product that will prolong human life and ultimately vastly lower the risk of heart disease. PETA's position is much different than ours. Again, their position is "Absolutely no testing on animals!" and, "No human life is worth risking an animal's life." Let me refer back to my leather belt and the hamburger I may have had yesterday for lunch. The animals from which my belt and the hamburger came are no longer living.

I do not feel any guilt at all for using their products as long as they were killed humanely and did not suffer. In our opinion, whoever would put human life and animal life on the same level, or state that a rat is equal to a child, are just plain overdoing it. In our quest to save life, we refuse to tell PETA that we will never again test our cardiovascular products on animals. Therefore, believe it or not, PETA has denied Melaleuca's request is that it be listed as cruelty free.

Melaleuca has never tested its hair care, skin care, cosmetic or home cleaning products on animals. To do so would be unnecessary and senseless. We would never knowingly allow any animal to suffer. Melaleuca is definitely cruelty free, even though we do not appear on PETA's list.

This has been a rather long answer to a pretty short question as to our stand on animal testing.

I hope you will find our answer satisfactory and that we will have earned your continued loyalty as we continue with our mission to "Enhance the Lives of Those We Touch." Sincerely,....Frank L. VanderSloot...President and CEO

farah321
#876214

They do test on animals.Which is why I canceled my membership. They tested of rats and dogs.

The letter from their CEO on this regard is insulting. It calls people who don't use animal products, don't eat meat etc, extremists. extremists are people who , unnecessary make other beings suffer not those who want live a healthy and cruelty free lives. The fact that Melaluka call themselves cruelty free is deceptive.

I had never joined them if I wasn't told they don't test on animals.which apratnely is not true. They have tested on rats and dogs.

Anonymous
#1494171
@farah321

ur ridiculous!

farah321
#876213

They do test on animals.Which is why I canceled my membership. They tested of rats and dogs.

The letter from their CEO on this regard is insulting. It calls people who don't use animal products, don't eat meat etc, extremists. extremists are people who , unnecessary make other beings suffer not those who want live a healthy and cruelty free lives. The fact that Melaluka call themselves cruelty free is deceptive.

I had never joined them if I wasn't told they don't test on animals.which apratnely is not true. They have tested on rats and dogs.

Anonymous
#833770

This is not true. I also have a personally signed letter stating they do not test on animals.

Anonymous
#828750

I asked the same question and they sent me a very detailed letter....signed by the CEO......explaining their stand on animal testing. They do NOT test on animals!

Anonymous
#826108

This is why I'm turning to natural products. Vinegar is great for cleaning pretty much everything!

Organic oils for my skin has given me a beautiful glow...I was thinking of signing up, but I rather not have a hard time in the future.

Or regrets. Thanks everyone for your posts

Anonymous
#822326

http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/879265/For_anyone_who_questioned_Melaleuca_s_stand_on_animal_testing

Pretty straight forward information.

Anonymous
#814602

Anyone that believes the political action group PETA that has been proven to lie consistently over a credible private manufacturing company held accountable by it's customers... well, enough said.

The TRUTH is Melaleuca does not test on animals, nor have they ever.

The REAL reason PETA lists them is because Melaleuca doesn't consider an animal to be on the same place of importance as a human being.

If you believe some squirrel is of the same value is yoru own kids, then you too should join and believe PETA... if not, Melaleuca may be a good fit for you as they don't test but do keep we humans in proper perspective.

The more you know...

Anonymous
#819639
@Anonymous

Melaleuca is on PETAs list because they test dog shampoo on dogs.

Anonymous
#811729

If you bury your head and act like you don't see it does that mean it is not happening? Does he actually make unannounced visits to his labs to make sure? I doubt it.

Anonymous
#818095
@Anonymous

Wow... do you even know the laws & regulations regarding the housing & care for animal testing victims?

There is no way for any company to hide that they test on animals from the company's owner.

Anonymous
#820201
@Anonymous

Laws and regulations do not protect these animals. There are undercover videos of their treatment.

Dogs being held in the air and beaten and choked because they are not cooperating with their torture. A dog was shown being shot in the head and thrown in a pile of other dead dogs because they were done with them. If you think our government protects these animals you are crazy!

Do you know that our own government was doing experiments on animals in our military branches until PETA got involved and put a stop to it? Maybe you should do some research on the subject.

Anonymous
#811360

Frank Vandersloot, the president and CEO of Melaleuca states:" Melaleuca has never tested its hair care, skin care, cosmetic or home cleaning products on animals. To do so wold be unnecessary and senseless.

We would never knowinly allow any animal to suffer.

Melaleuca is definitely cruelty free."

This statement is signed by Mr. Vandersloot.

Anonymous
#784325

I can understand that if you are very Staunch about testing animals that it would be pretty much near impossible to ever buy any product that's an any supermarket shelf. Why because most of today's products or product ingredients have most likely at some stage been tested on animals..and that can be way back before it became a BIG Issue.

Now I say that as a Member of the BUAV (British Union Against Vivisection)

Even we understand that... And are aware of that ..so many companies that say they are clean aren't really

Cheers,

Anonymous
#769939

Thank you for the info. I like most of their products but they actually didn't supply me with their form letter about animal testing until I cancelled my account even though I had requested it over the phone and through their customer service feature on their website.

Too Late! Seems customer service needs some work to keep their members signed up. Also their monthy minimums are too high for the average person.

I know a lot of people who have cancelled their memberships because $60-70 a month is kind of steep. You end up ordering stuff you don't need just to make their minimums and then you have a stockpile that takes months to use up.

Anonymous
#769747

Melaleuca Do Not test their products on animals :)

Anonymous
#750087

Evasive? I called and asked them about it and they sent me a letter signed by the CEO stating specifically that they are against animal testing.

Anonymous
#782853
@Anonymous

They are on the PETA website as a company that DOES test on animals and it was just updated!!

Anonymous
#815136
@Anonymous

I believe that it's possible the customer service team may not have been purposefully evasive, but rather didn't know the answer to the question, themselves, without having time to properly research with their supervisors. I can see how this could have been mistaken for evasiveness. The two responses would seem very similar.

Since it would ruin the good name of the Melaleuca brand for the CEO to be found lying about something as serious as animal testing, I highly doubt he would risk being found as dishonest by making a very clear statement (in writing, no less) that they do not test their products on animals, if it were not undeniably true.