Protect wildlife - remove the inside flange from Yoplait containers.
  • Petitioning General Mills

This petition will be delivered to:

General Mills
President, Yoplait USA
Rebecca O'Grady
CEO, General Mills
Kendall J. Powell

Protect wildlife - remove the inside flange from Yoplait containers.

    1. Petition by

      Wildlife Emergency Services

Since 1978, when they first appeared on grocery store shelves, General Mills' Yoplait yogurt containers have been killing wildlife, perhaps thousands of animals each year.

Tempted by the sweet smell, animals stick their heads inside the conical-shaped containers to lick the bottom, and they get stuck. 

It's not so much the "vercon" shape of the cup or the size of the opening (5.25"), but the thin lip, or flange, at the top that angles in, not out.

How animals get stuck: The design of the cup allows an animal to force its head past the flexible rim, but when it tries to back out, the flange catches on the animal's hide, the back of its skull, or zygomatic arches (cheekbones). 

Deprived of fresh air, unable to see, unable to eat or drink, these animals suffer and die if not rescued in time.

This is no news to General Mills.

In August 1998, under pressure from animal activists, General Mills added this to the label: Protect Wildlife Crush Cup Before Disposal, placing responsibility for their hazardous packaging onto the consumer.

General Mills refused, however, to make the necessary changes to the flawed design, citing:

"That design is a key lure for customers, and changing it could harm sales," a spokesperson for General Mills said." 

Perhaps, we can show them that sales will be harmed if they don't!

 

Take the pledge.

Sign this petition if you're willing to:

1 ) Not purchase Yoplait yogurt, especially in the harmful funnel-shaped cups.

2 ) Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same.

 

Want to do more?

1) LIKE us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Yoplait.Cups.Kill.Wildlife

2) Send a personal comment to General Mills, HERE.

3) Organize a demonstration, a sit-in, a parade, or a costume party in your area.

4) Video your efforts so we can post them.

 

This petition was inspired by a recent rescue of a skunk with a Yoplait container on its head. Check out our story and video, HERE.

 

Our official web site for this campaign is www.noyoplait.com, HERE.

Thank you in advance for supporting this call for a change!

Rebecca Dmytryk, President and CEO

WILDLIFE EMERGENCY SERVICES

admin(at)wildlifeservices(dot)org

To:
General Mills
Rebecca O'Grady, President, Yoplait USA
Kendall J. Powell, CEO, General Mills
I am going to stop purchasing Yoplait yogurt in the "vercon" packaging until you remove the inside flange from the design, making it safer for wildlife. I will also be asking my family, friends and co-workers to do the same.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Dear Supporters - We have made numerous attempts to send an update, but received error messages indicating you did not received them.

      The message was this:

      Thanks to you, we reached our initial goal of 100,000 signatures!

      With such momentum, we didn't want to stop there, so at 124,000 signatures and counting, our new goal is to collect 200,000 signatures.

      Help us reach this by getting a friend, co-worker or family member to add their voice.

      Here's the direct link to the petition:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/for-35-years-yoplait-cups-have-been-killing-wildlife

      We're also working on something big - to send a BIG message to General Mills. We'll keep you posted.

      Thank you for your support!

      Rebecca Dmytryk, President CEO Wildlife Emergency Services

      For 35 years Yoplait cups have been killing wildlife...

      Since 1978, when they first appeared on grocery store shelves, General Mills' Yoplait yogurt containers have been killing wildlife, perhaps thousands...

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    • Sarah Terban SALEM, NH
      • 1 day ago

      Because this is awful and unnecessary! They have had campaigns lately saying how they're listening to what their customers want, yet they completely disregard this request? I

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    • Stacie Reed MILFORD, CT
      • 4 days ago

      I love animals, I work with an animal rescue and hate what this does! A new style cup can easily be used to prevent this!!

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    • Anna Java APT H03, FL
      • 4 days ago

      Boycotting. Spreading the word. Yoplait is already a joke- just another nail in their coffin.

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    • Sheila Kim PETALUMA, CA
      • 4 days ago

      We kill animals needlessly each year because we don't understand that they are an important part of this planets eco-system. If we don't make changes we will kill this planet and everything on it.

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    • Kathleen Evans SEBASTOPOL, CA
      • 4 days ago

      Hate animal preventable cruelty

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