I'm not going to argue about animal testing for medical procedures and drugs. That doesn't mean I don't have an opinion; it just means that right now, that's not the thing I want to talk about.
I am, however, going to angrily condemn the cruel animal tests that the Mars company is currently doing with cocoa. They are force-feeding chocolate products to animals, then vivisecting them to test the effects of the chocolate on the animals.
Look, humans have been consuming cocoa for thousands of years. Some people are sensitive or allergic to it, sure, but for the most part, we are okay with eating it. Their point in this research is to be able to make claims that their chocolate products are healthful. This is yet another symptom of our disordered eating habits, where we have to believe that even our treats are good for us.
Well, screw that. People, you don't have to make sure every item you consume is "healthy" or good for you. It's okay to enjoy a treat once in a while because it TASTES GOOD. And if you're buying chocolate because it is supposed to make you live longer, lower your cholesterol, or for some other reason besides enjoying chocolate, then there is something wrong with you. Stop using food as medicine. Enjoy chocolate because it's chocolate.
And, for god's sake, don't reward companies for this kind of bullshit by buying their products.