One of Nalgene’s torture devices
When I recently heard that one of Ken’s co–workers had told him about Nalgene supposedly making plastic restraints for animals in laboratories, I was shocked. I knew that I wasn’t the only person who bought Nalgene thinking it was one of the companies whose plastic was less harmful in leaching chemicals into the water. I’d also felt really good about bringing my own water from now on, thus reducing some of the ever–increasing plastic waste. I’d never dreamed of them contributing to the evil industry of vivisection.
Upon further research I found out that Nalgene produced a device (among others) that prevents rabbits from breaking their own backs during pyrogen testing, which includes painful injection, bleeding, and inducing fever (see picture). Nalgene’s contact info and tips on writing, calling, or faxing them, is on Rocky Mountain Animal Defense‘s website (a quite amazing animal rights group based in Boulder, CO).
Nalgene has responded to the criticism here.