After PETA and more than 85,000 of its supporters urged the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) – a major agricultural commodity research and promotion board overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – to end animal testing, HAB has adopted a groundbreaking new public policy that it will no longer “support, fund or conduct animal research.”

HAB has sponsored tests in which experimenters force-fed mice a high-fat diet, repeatedly force-fed them a substance found in avocados, starved them for eight hours, injected them with glucose and insulin, repeatedly bled them from their tails, suffocated them, drained their blood and dissected them.

“PETA thanks the Hass Avocado Board for adopting a history-making new policy that will spare animals abuse in cruel experiments that are irrelevant to human health,” said PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA urges other agricultural commodity check-off boards to use superior, non-animal research, including the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, which beheaded animals for tests regarding blueberries.” 

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It's outrageous that sentient beings are tormented and killed in painful experiments, just so that foods can make questionable health claims about their products. We all know avocados are good for us. Leave mice alone!

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