Shareholder Campaign: Exxon Mobil
Exxon Mobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Most of the animal testing at Exxon was conducted by the company’s chemical division, either voluntarily or as part of government-sponsored testing programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s high production volume (HPV) chemical-testing program. Unlike other corporate sponsors of the HPV chemical-testing program, Exxon created test plans that were relatively thoughtful and made some attempts to avoid the use of new animal tests. However, Exxon also belonged to the American Petroleum Institute (API), which proposed killing large numbers of animals in chemical-toxicity tests while ignoring existing data and public comments.
2005 Resolution: ‘Give the Animals 5’
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock in Exxon, 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 countries.
As a result, PETA and Exxon initiated a series of meetings to discuss ways in which Exxon and API could reduce their use of animals and API initiated a large computox program that greatly reduced the number of animals killed for its HPV test plans.