Shareholder Campaign: Eli Lilly
Lilly is the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world and markets a
wide range of pharmaceuticals for human patients, the livestock industry, and
Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock in Eli
Lilly, 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
assurances that Eli Lilly only "uses animals in pre-clinical research to
confirm the safety and efficacy of medicines when there are no alternatives,"
the company opposed our resolution. PETA's resolution was brought to a vote at
Eli Lilly's annual meeting and garnered approximately 9.2 million shares (1.2
Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
2006, PETA filed a resolution with
Eli Lilly calling on the company to extend its animal welfare policy to include 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 at the independent contract
testing laboratory Covance Inc.,
which Lilly had retained to perform animal testing.
Eli Lilly published our resolution in its proxy materials
along with its opposition statement advising shareholders to vote against it. Our
resolution garnered 3.9 percent of the vote (more than 30 million shares),
which qualified it to be reintroduced in 2007.
2007 Resolutions: Animal Welfare Policy and Exporting Animal Experiments
2007, PETA re-filed the 2006 resolution and filed a second resolution calling on Eli Lilly to issue a report on the rationale of
exporting experiments to countries with lax animal welfare laws, such as China,
and to include details on the manner in which Eli Lilly extends its animal welfare
policy to its foreign laboratories.
Eli Lilly published both our resolutions in its proxy
materials along with its opposition statements advising shareholders to vote
against them. PETA's resolutions were brought to a vote at the company's annual
meeting. Our resolution on extending the company's animal welfare policy
garnered 3.9 percent of the vote, while our resolution on exporting animal
research won 4.2 percent of the vote (approximately 29 million and 31 million
2008 Resolution: Exporting Animal
In 2008, PETA
filed a resolution calling on Eli Lilly to issue a report on the rationale of exporting
experiments to countries with non-existent or lax animal welfare laws, such as
China, and to include details on the manner in which Eli Lilly extends its animal
welfare policy to its foreign laboratories. While Eli Lilly opposed our
resolution, claiming such a report was an
unnecessary use of company resources, PETA's
resolution was brought to a vote at the company's annual meeting and garnered approximately
30 million shares (3.7 percent of the vote).
Transparency in Animal Use
To promote transparency and
minimize the use of animals, PETA filed a resolution in 2012 calling upon Eli Lilly to issue an annual
report to shareholders disclosing the company's procedures to ensure proper
animal care at in-house and contract laboratories and its plans to promote
alternatives to animal use. While Eli Lilly opposed our resolution, claiming that the company's animal use and care
policy that it posts on its website was sufficient, PETA's
resolution was brought to a vote at Eli Lilly's annual meeting and garnered almost
40 million shares (4.9 percent of the
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.