Shareholder Campaign: Exxon Mobil
Mobil is the
world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Most of the animal testing at Exxon was conducted by the
company's chemical division, either voluntarily or as part of
government-sponsored testing programs, including the Environmental Protection
production volume (HPV) chemical-testing program. Unlike other
corporate sponsors of the HPV chemical-testing program, Exxon created test
plans that were relatively thoughtful and made some attempts to avoid the use
of new animal tests. However, Exxon also belonged to the American Petroleum
Institute (API), which proposed killing large numbers of animals in
chemical-toxicity tests while ignoring existing data and public comments.
Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock in Exxon,
was filed in the fall of 2004 calling on the company to "Give the Animals 5"—replace five crude and cruel animal tests with state-of-the-art and
scientifically valid non-animal methods that were already in use in other
As a result, PETA and Exxon
initiated a series of meetings to discuss ways in which Exxon and API could
reduce their use of animals and API initiated a large computox program that greatly
reduced the number of animals killed for its HPV test plans.
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.