For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – With Christmas just around the corner, PETA is releasing its “naughty” list of 11 top animal-offending companies, checking it twice, and urging the Scrooges to change their ways or risk receiving lumps of coal in their stockings.
These are the companies on the list:
- Starbucks, which profits from a 60-cent upcharge on eco-friendly, dairy-free milk, all while touting a “sustainable” agenda
- SeaWorld, because why do whale jails still exist in 2020?
- Petco, where horrified customers have found dead betta fish floating in tiny plastic cups right on store shelves
- ExxonMobil, which sponsors the Iditarod despite knowing that dogs are made to run through blinding snowstorms in subzero temperatures and that 150 dogs have died in the race since it began
- Urban Outfitters, which sells clothing made of wool and other animal-derived materials even though numerous PETA exposés have revealed that sheep are beaten, kicked, stomped on, and even killed in shearing sheds
- Kroger, which sells coconut products from suppliers that chain up monkeys and force them to pick coconuts in Thailand
- Fast-food chains—including Krispy Kreme, Wendy’s, and Domino’s—that lag behind their competitors in offering vegan options
- Hermès, which continues to sell exotic skins, for which crocodiles are crammed into concrete pits, alligators are packed into filthy pools, and ostriches’ throats are slit in slaughterhouses
- Air France, an airline with a lot to hide: It quietly continues to ship hundreds, if not thousands, of monkeys overseas to be used in cruel experiments.
“All PETA wants for Christmas is for these companies to stop exploiting animals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Banning wool, cutting ties with the Iditarod, and nixing a vegan milk surcharge would all go a long way in giving animals a little peace on Earth.”
PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way,” and the group opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.