DuPont is a large conglomerate operating in more
than 90 countries with revenues of almost $39 billion in 2011. Its wide range
of products includes agricultural, electronic, communication, home
construction, transportation, and apparel goods. Most of the animal testing at
DuPont is conducted by the company's chemical division, either voluntarily or
as part of government-required testing.
2005 Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of a PETA supporter who held stock in DuPont, a resolution
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
Despite its progressively worded "Animal Care and Use Policy," DuPont
opposed our resolution. PETA's resolution was brought to a vote at the company's
annual meeting. Approximately 16 million shares (2.7 percent) were voted in
favor of the resolution.
2006 Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
In 2006, PETA filed a resolution with
DuPont 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 testing laboratories.
The resolution was largely the result of the horrors uncovered in the independent contract testing laboratory
Covance Inc., whose officials boasted that their
clients have included “just
about every major company around the world.”.
between DuPont and PETA's regulatory testing divisions resulted in the company's
committing to taking steps to reduce the numbers of animals used in toxicity
testing, including improving the conditions for the animals who continue to be
used. In light of DuPont's willingness to participate in a constructive and
ongoing dialogue about these and other animal-testing
issues, PETA voluntarily withdrew its resolution.
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