Monsanto is a major producer of agricultural products, including Roundup, and also markets a wide variety of genetically manipulated crops. Animal testing conducted by Monsanto may be expressly required by government regulations (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency testing requirements for pesticides), or it may be a voluntary activity on the company's part to try to establish the safety of its products.
PETA's "Give the Animals 5" Campaign calls on companies to abandon five crude and cruel animal tests, replacing them with state-of-the-art and scientifically valid non-animal methods that are already in use in other countries. With the help of PETA supporters who hold stock in Monsanto, a resolution was filed in the fall of 2004, calling on the company to do the following:
PETA's resolution was brought to a vote at Monsanto's annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 20, 2005. Approximately 3.8 million shares (2.1 percent) were voted in favor of the resolution.
Although shareholder resolutions almost never win the required number of votes the first time that they are proposed, they do provide an opportunity to educate management, boards, and other shareholders about important issues, leading to change over the long term. In fact, discussions took place after the company's annual meeting, which we hope will lead to ongoing constructive relations between PETA and Monsanto.
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