Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:05

Bob's Red Mill Supports Animal Testing?!

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Animal rights advocates are all abuzz about some disturbing news on Bob's Red Mill, the hailed whole grain company is supposedly donating millions of dollars to Oregon Health and Science University, a institution that tests on animals. The story is best summed up in a blog by The Informed Vegan. While Bob's doesn't really promote themselves as being vegan, I believe almost all of their products are plant-based (grains, flours, and baking mixes). I had a great interview with Bob himself earlier this year, but now I'm considering taking it down.
 
I reached out to Bob's Red Mill via Twitter, Facebook, and email. So far I've received this email from their marketing team:
At this point, I can only give you the official statement, which is not
sufficient, I'm sure. I'm hoping to have something with more clarity
soon. I'm sorry for the delay and all of the concern around this topic. 
Then this was posted on their Facebook page:
Thank you all for expressing your concerns regarding OHSU. What would be more effective right now would be to write letters. Please know that this money is not Bob's Red Mill money. This money is from Bob and Charlee Moore. Letters can be sent to 13521 SE Pheasant Court, Milwaukie, OR 97222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
There are some hot debates happening on the page as well, between animal rights advocates and dedicated Bob's Red Mill supporters. It's pretty fascinating to see how people react to these issues. I tend to go with the guilty until proven innocent route when it comes to food that isn't necessary for me to consume. Personally, I rarely buy products from Bob's because I can get more of the same things in bulk.

It's important to not only vote with our dollar, but voice our concerns to the company. Tell them how you feel via email, letter, TwitterFacebook, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and maybe they'll reconsider their decision. At the very least more awareness will be brought to the issue of animal testing - I'm assuming positive intent and guessing Bob doesn't realize how much animal testing went on at OHSU and was just trying to help health research. I'll keep you posted, and if you are following it more closer than I please send over info.
 
How do you feel about the situation?
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