Grocer Nabs Elephant-Shaped Vegan Chocolates in Thanks for Redesigning Product Packages
For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Monrovia, Calif. –
Following years of urging by PETA, Trader Joe’s has redesigned the packages of its toilet paper, Bamba peanut snacks, and organic peanut butter so that they no longer feature images of elephants in circus settings or performing circus-style tricks. In thanks, PETA has sent the company a box of delicious, elephant-shaped vegan chocolates.
“The new designs at Trader Joe’s perfectly reflect that our society no longer tolerates beating elephants into submission for circus shows,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews. “PETA looks forward to seeing other compassionate companies follow Trader Joe’s lead and ditch old-school imagery that normalizes cruelty to animals.”
In its correspondence with Trader Joe’s, PETA pointed out that in nature, elephants spend their time roaming vast spaces, foraging, or playing with their families. In circuses, it’s standard practice to beat, shock, chain, and whip elephants, lions, bears, and other animals in order to intimidate them into performing confusing and painful tricks. Circuses tear baby animals away from their mothers, lock animals in cages and on chains, and cart them from city to city.
The Trader Joe’s redesign comes roughly one year after discussions with PETA prompted Nabisco to redesign its Barnum’s Animals Crackers package to show animals walking free in nature, rather than caged in circus boxcars.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.