Shareholder Campaign: RJ Reynolds

RJ Reynolds—one of the world’s largest tobacco companies and maker of Camel, Kool, Winston, and Pall Mall cigarettes, among other brands—continues to subject thousands of animals to cruel and deadly tests, despite the fact that there are no laws requiring that animals be used to test tobacco products and even though superior non-animal testing methods exist. In recent experiments by RJ Reynolds, thousands of mice and rats were given food laced with tobacco, forced to breathe cigarette smoke through their noses, and had cigarette smoke condensate painted onto their bare skin to cause skin tumors intentionally.

2013 Resolution: Ban on Nonrequired Animal Testing

PETA files a shareholder resolution with RJ Reynolds calling on it to join Lorillard Tobacco in prohibiting all experiments on animals, unless the tests are required by law. Currently, no law requires that tobacco products be tested on animals.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind