Target: Wal-Mart CEO Douglas Mcmillon
Goal: Stop Wal-Mart from selling treats and bones that are dangerous to dogs.
Dog treats and bones are still mislabeled and sold in big box retailers despite the harm they have done to countless dogs. Pet food recalls aren’t uncommon in the United States, and steps have been taken to ensure proper labeling of ingredients.
Dynamic Pet Products Real Ham Bone has been linked to the deaths of several dogs since last year. While the packaging warns owners to monitor their dogs when chewing, these bones tend to splinter unnoticed, causing sickness, internal damage and death.
The Better Business Bureau first reported on Dynamic Pet Products six years ago, but it went virtually unnoticed because stores like Wal-Mart continued to stock the bones. Unknowing dog owners purchased the bones, and last year there was an uptick in dog deaths that appear to be related to the Real Ham Bone. Even now, Wal-Mart continues to carry Dynamic Pet Products inventory in stores.
Wal-Mart has reportedly spoken with Dynamic Pet Products and feels confident in the product’s safety, due in part to the small number of complaints. But the Better Business Bureau says that complaints likely run on the low side because customers often don’t know who to turn to when products fail.
By not paying careful attention to the products they carry and continuing to stock dangerous items regardless of recalls and warnings, stores like Wal-Mart endanger customers and their families. Encourage Wal-Mart to take a special interest in the products they carry and remove dangerous pet items from their shelves.
Dear Mr. Mcmillon,
Products that are dangerous to pets should be removed from Wal-Mart’s shelves immediately. Dynamic Pet Products Real Ham Bone has contributed to dozens of dog injuries and deaths over the past year, and many of them were purchased from your shelves. While each dog owner has a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for their pet, that begins with a trust in your company to provide safe products to each customer.
While Dynamic Pet Products and their items are regulated by the FDA, mistakes happen and Wal-Mart cannot rely on policy alone when making choices that severely affect their customers. The Better Business Bureau has filed over 54 complaints about Dynamic Pet Products in the past eight years and says that complaints often do not account for all instances of damage. Many consumers do not know how to file a complaint or are too wracked with grief to alert organizations like the Better Business Bureau. Wal-Mart is a trusted shopping center for millions of Americans who deserve confidence in each product they purchase.
By not taking a closer interest in the integrity of products stocked or pulling dangerous products from the shelves, Wal-Mart endangers families and their pets every day. Please pull Dynamic Pet Products off your shelves and make the safety of your customers and their pets a priority.
[Your Name Here]
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