Target: Becky O’Grady, President of Yoplait USA
Goal: Change the design of yogurt containers in order to save wildlife from injury and death.
Discarded cups of Yoplait yogurt present a risk of danger to wildlife, including skunks, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and other scavenging animals attracted to the residual yogurt in the cups. Wild animals get their snouts or heads stuck in the narrow opening of the container. Without intervention, these animals are deprived of air and are unable to see, drink, nor eat while the containers are stuck on their faces. Animals wandering blindly with their faces stuck in yogurt cups are in danger of being hit by cars, drowning in pools of water, or attacked by predators if they do not suffocate first.
Yoplait has failed to adequately change the design of their containers in the past. The company responded to requests from wildlife conservationists to change their packaging by printing a very small warning that reads “Protect Wildlife; Crush Cup Before Disposal.” Yoplait has kept the tapered shape with a small opening and lip that catches on the fur of animals, preventing them from getting their heads out. Skunks have very short arms and cannot pull the container off of their heads with their paws even if they are not caught tightly.
By refusing the change the design of their yogurt containers, Yoplait fails to be responsible for their packaging’s deadliness to wildlife. Instead, the company is leaving it up to the consumer to read the fine print and destroy the cups before they recycle them. Yoplait’s actions are insufficient to resolve this issue that is important to many concerned consumers. Small mammals such as skunks are extremely beneficial to have in urban settings because they eat rodents, insects, snails, and leaf litter. Many consumers would prefer to not have valuable wildlife die awful deaths from our yogurt’s packaging.
Please sign this petition to demand that Yoplait stop killing wildlife with its dangerous cup design and pledge to boycott the brand until the packaging changes.
Dear Becky O’Grady, President of Yoplait USA
Your company has been well aware of reports from park rangers and wildlife conservation groups bringing forward the issue of small foraging animals becoming stuck in discarded Yoplait yogurt containers and unable to get them off of their heads or snouts. In order to be consistent with its claims of meeting customer satisfaction and willingness to improve its famous product, Yoplait must change the design of its yogurt containers.
The opening of yogurt containers produced by Yoplait are very small and wildlife continues to become trapped in them. Animals including skunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and other wildlife attracted to the leftover yogurt get their faces stuck by the cups. Many of these animals have short arms and are unable to get the tapered container off of their snouts once their fur is trapped by the lip of the cup’s opening. Once trapped by the containers, the animals die terrible deaths from not being able to see cars, pools of water, or predators, and from suffocating, becoming dehydrated, or starving to death.
Printing a small warning on the yogurt cups is insufficient to protect wildlife. Please take responsible action by changing the design of your containers. By changing the design of your yogurt cups, you can show consumers that you truly care about their input and also that you compassionately support humane coexistence with wildlife. I pledge to boycott Yoplait yogurt until its containers are safe for wildlife.
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