Mocking chimpanzees is not in the cards for Walgreens! After learning from PETA that greeting cards featuring clownish images of great apes hinder conservation efforts, the retail giant banned the sale of them and is removing them from its stores.
Unnatural images of chimpanzees wearing costumes, displayed in studios, or interacting with humans mislead consumers into believing that the species—which may face extinction within our lifetime—is thriving. These portrayals may also increase the black-market demand for endangered great apes as “pets,” which is one of the main forces driving them toward extinction.
To thank Walgreens for showing kindness to great apes, PETA is sending the chain a custom vegan cake.
Rite Aid, CVS, and Boots—Walgreens’ U.K. pharmacy chain—have already banned the sale of cards mocking great apes. PETA is calling on Hallmark to retire the damaging cards altogether.
Tell Hallmark to Do Right by Great Apes
Glamorizing clownish images of chimpanzees is a form of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview. Take action by urging Hallmark to stop selling all greeting cards featuring demeaning images of chimpanzees and other endangered great apes: