Your Stocks Can Save Animals!

Tired of reading about corporate giants that abuse animals? One powerful way you can help us change corporate culture is through the stock you hold as a shareholder!

Recently, stock provided by a PETA donor helped amplify our call for an end to Starbucks’ vegan milk upcharge at the company’s annual meeting. We didn’t stop with Starbucks, of course. When it came to the disgraceful Charles River Laboratories, we got a whopping 35% of all shares to vote in favor of a proposal asking the monkey dealer to disclose the origin of all nonhuman primates that it had imported. This is an extraordinarily high number of votes for a proposal by shareholder activists. If you hold shares in a company, they can become a megaphone for animals, too.

In addition to having direct talks with corporate executives, our corporate team uses stock in companies to call out cruelty beyond the boardroom. As a shareholder, we can attend and speak at annual meetings, share information on animal issues, and submit resolutions that call on the companies to make kinder decisions for animals.

This type of shareholder activism is having a tremendous impact. After a shareholder resolution to Ford Motor Company—submitted through a supporter who had invested in the corporation—revved up the pressure, we were victorious. The automaker has halted its archaic crash tests on pigs.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we pioneered the use of shareholder activism in animal rights back in 1989 and we’ve submitted more shareholder resolutions than any other nonprofit organization anywhere in the country for any cause. Our shareholder campaigns enable us to push for all kinds of changes that help animals.

Shareholder resolutions have been particularly effective in pushing global pharmaceutical giants

to end the cruel and worthless forced swim test. This barbaric and widely discredited experiment involves dropping mice, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, or other small animals into inescapable beakers filled with water and forcing them to swim for their lives—supposedly to test the effects of antidepressants.

Pfizer, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and nearly every other big pharmaceutical company have banned this inhumane practice following pressure from us. Shareholder resolutions have been an important part of our campaigns that are on the way to washing away the forced swim test.

If you own stock in a company, please e-mail us at [email protected] to let us know what stock you hold and to stay in touch regarding this potent way to change corporate culture. Supporting PETA through stock is a powerful way to spread awareness and remind the corporate world that animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.