“Supermarket Sweep” Boycott Proctor and Gamble Day Action 2008

To mark the anti-animal testing group Uncaged’s 12th International Day of Action against Proctor and Gamble (P&G), who test on animals and whose brands include the likes of Daz and Fairy, Animal Rights Cambridge headed to Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys to speak out against this needless violence.

Campaigners headed to Tesco in Cambridge, some stayed outside with leaflets whilst others entered the store and filled trolleys with P&G products before heading to the front of the store and securing the trolleys with pad locks and beginning to chant. This continued for sometime getting the attention of shoppers with some taking leaflets.

Tesco staff told campaigners that they could continue protesting outside in the car park area. The police were just driving up and the activists took up Tesco’s offer and unlocked the trolleys. They leafleted outside Tesco for awhile and then moved on to ASDA to do the same thing.

Their action at ASDA was a little different with a campaigner’s banner being torn by a member of ASDA staff and two campaigners being grabbed and forcibly ejected from the store. Staff even took a leaflet away from one of their own shoppers! This reaction from ASDA added to the spectacle the protest created and sympathetic shoppers stopped for a leaflet after seeing the employees’ behaviour.

Another campaigner who could not make the main protest educated the public (about the cruelty P&G are involved in) at Sainsburys handing outleaflets and Uncaged’s anti-P&G reusable carrier bags to shoppers. This allowed three supermarket chains to be covered in Cambridge, hopefully getting people thinking about the products they buy.

For a full list of all P&G products see  http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pgproducts.htm. UPDATE (21/10/2013): The page does no longer exist. For more information about P&G animal testing and the reasons to boycott go to http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pg.htm