Shareholder Campaign: Philip Morris
Philip Morris—the world's largest tobacco company and maker
of Marlboro, Virginia Slims, and Parliament, among other brands—continues to subject thousands of animals to cruel and
deadly tests that are not required by the U.S. or other governments and that don't predict how humans respond to tobacco products.
2005 Resolution: Eliminate Animal Testing for Tobacco Products
PETA filed a resolution with Altria (Philip Morris
USA's parent company) asking that the company cease all use of animals for the
testing of tobacco products.
PETA's resolution pointed out that forcing animals to
breathe tobacco smoke does not improve our understanding of how cigarettes
cause cancer in humans and that countries such as Germany, Sweden, and the
United Kingdom have prohibited the testing of tobacco products on animals. We
asked Altria to commit to eliminating all further use of animals in the testing
of tobacco, tobacco derivatives, and tobacco-related products.
Our resolution garnered more than 31 million votes (more
than 2.5 percent of the vote), but unfortunately, it did not pass the hurdle
required to reintroduce it the following year.
2006 Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
PETA filed another resolution to Altria calling on the company to
develop and make publicly accessible an animal welfare policy that would
include reducing the numbers of animals used and implementing social and
behavioral enrichment measures for the animals used both in-house and at contract
Altria published our resolution in its proxy materials,
along with its opposition statement advising shareholders to vote against it.
Our resolution garnered 3.6 percent of the vote (more than 44 million shares),
which qualified it to be reintroduced in 2007.
Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
When PETA refiled the
2006 resolution for Altria's
2007 shareholder meeting, the company again published our resolution in its
proxy materials along with its opposition statement advising shareholders to vote
against it. Our resolution was brought to a vote and garnered 4 percent of the
shares (more than 48 million shares).
Stock Purchased in Philip Morris
After learning that Philip Morris
continues to voluntarily conduct deadly tests in which thousands of rats are
stuffed into tiny canisters and have tobacco smoke pumped directly into their
noses for six hours a day for 90 consecutive days, PETA bought stock in Philip Morris International in order to attend annual meetings and submit
shareholder resolutions calling for an end to a
practice that is inhumane and archaic.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.