Target: Donald J. Hall Jr., CEO of Hallmark Cards
Goal: Stop Hallmark from selling cards that feature captive chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees are incredibly smart and fascinating animals, but unfortunately this makes them very valuable in the entertainment industry. The Missouri Primate Foundation, also known as Chimparty, breeds chimpanzees for the entertainment industry and these animals are forced to do tricks for pictures or shows.
Hallmark uses chimpanzees from this company for many of its greeting cards. For the cards, the chimps are forced to “smile,” make funny faces, or are put into ridiculous costumes. Many of these chimps are trained using pain and fear tactics.
Sign this petition and demand Hallmark stop exploiting chimps and no longer sell cards that use chimpanzees imprisioned in the entertainment industry.
Dear Mr. Hall,
Many of your greeting cards feature chimpanzees making distorted faces or wearing ridiculous costumes. The chimps used in these cards come from the Missouri Primate Foundation which has been cited multiple times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for keeping the animals in too small of cages, not cleaning the facilities or providing enough enrichment for the animals.
Chimpanzees are incredibly intelligent, curious and social animals. In the entertainment industry, these extraordinary animals are often trained using pain and fear tactics, and when they are not “working” they are stuck in cages. It is a sad and unfair life.
Please consider ending the sale of cards that feature captive chimpanzees. These animals belong in the wild, playing with friends and enjoying the sunshine. This cruel company should not be supported any longer.
[Your Name Here]
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