Stop Funding Child Slave Markets

Child Cocoa Slave

Target: U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Goal: Stop candy corporations from from fueling the child slave market for cheap chocolate.

Child slaves are responsible for low chocolate prices and huge corporate profits for companies like Hershey, Nestle, and Mars, according to a recently released documentary. This was revealed back in the year 2000, and these companies each claimed ignorance. The U.S. Congress was going to push laws through to create “slavery free” labels similar to “organic” food labels, but the candy corporations stopped them by promising to take care of the problem by 2005.

Cut to 2015, and the companies now use more child-slave-farmed chocolate than ever. They continue to push back the deadline for ending their reliance on child slavery–the latest estimate is 2020. That’s an entire 20 years of kidnapped and sold children being forced to work in horrific conditions while both congress and these companies have been aware of it.

Clearly, Hershey, Nestle, and Mars are not going to stop creating this huge market for child slaves without intervention from the government. At the very least, we need to pass labeling laws that let people know they’re buying slave chocolate. Sign our petition to demand that the government step in and encourage these companies to stop purchasing chocolate farmed by child slaves under the threat of lost profits.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minority Leader Pelosi,

Currently, child slaves are responsible for the production of the chocolate used by candy companies like Hershey, Nestle, and Mars. This has been a known fact for 15 years since a documentary came out exposing the massive child slave market in the cocoa industry in West Africa. These companies promised that they would stop using slave-produced chocolate by 2005 if congress did not put laws into place creating a “slavery free” food label.

It’s now 2015, and the amount of child slaves producing chocolate is up 51%. These companies have not stopped obtaining their chocolate from these sources, and now their deadline for changing their policies is 2020. This is unacceptable. It’s been 15 years since they claimed ignorance to the source of their chocolate, and for all that time, more and more children have been forced into working in terrible conditions as literal slaves.

It’s long past time for congress to act on behalf of these helpless kids. At the very least, laws need to be put in place that will decrease the profits of any candy company that fuels the child slave market. Please immediately work to resurrect the labeling law that was in the works in 2000 so that citizens will know if they are buying slave-produced chocolate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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