Shareholder Campaign: Altria Group
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 laboratories.
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.
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).
2012: More 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.