For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2022
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Kansas City – Leading a coalition of PETA supporters, costumed “chimpanzees” will dump wheelbarrows full of bananas on the front doorstep of Hallmark’s headquarters in response to the company’s continued sale of greeting cards featuring images of great apes wearing costumes or making silly faces. PETA notes that these images increase the demand for great apes as “pets” and hinder conservation efforts by misleading the public into believing that chimpanzees—endangered animals—are prevalent in nature.
When: Thursday, March 17, 12 noon
Where: Hallmark’s headquarters, E. Pershing Road and E. 25th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
“There’s nothing appeeling about a company that profits from the exploitation of endangered great apes in demeaning costumes and unnatural poses,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Hallmark to stop producing cards featuring animals who need to be protected, not ridiculed.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.