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7 April 1999 Issue

Febreze Update

As a follow-up to our article about Febreze, the product that eliminates odors, we
have learned that Proctor & Gamble, the makers of this product, are claiming that
the rumors are nothing more than a hoax. The Poison Control Center has stated
that they cannot confirm that there have been any deaths or injuries due to the
use of this product. Of course they cannot deny it either, but that still leaves it
up in the air as to whether the product is dangerous to pets or not.

Proctor & Gamble claims they have done extensive testing to make sure the
product is safe "if the consumer follows all directions." There seems to be no
real evidence to the contrary. However, even if this product isn't dangerous, it is
still made by Proctor & Gamble which is the leading company in the fight to
retain product testing on animals. P&G constantly come up with new products,
and new & improved products, and each time they do, they test these products
on more innocent animals. These animals endure tests where the product is put
in their eyes, force fed to them, placed on skin scraped raw, and other such tests
-- all so we can have yet another product to handle odors in our homes. White
vinegar can also take away odors and yet no animals have to suffer because of it.
So we can't confirm or deny the stories of problems with this product, but we can
tell you that the staff at Animal Rights Online has chosen to not support Proctor
& Gamble's cruel testing on animals by buying their products.

One activist said "Why keep using it? This isn't a miracle drug, it's a deodorant.
There are other options. Open a window. Buy washable dog bedding. Wash the
dog more often. Tell Grandpa he has to smoke his smelly pipe outside like the
rest of the world. Don't cook cabbage if you've got company coming -- whatever.
It's just a deodorant, you can live without it."

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