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The Hershey Company, commonly called Hershey's, is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and increasingly elsewhere throughout the world.


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Petitioning USA Gymnastics, Procter & Gamble, United States Olympic Committee, AT&T, Under Armour, The Hershey Company, NBC

Change USA Gymnastics Leadership in Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal

Please sign our petition to protect children from sexual abuse. In March of 2017 we appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and told the nation our very personal stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon us by USA Gymnastics and their former National Team Doctor Larry Nassar. Since then more than 140 girls and women have come forward to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse that are strikingly similar to ours. The current leadership of USA Gymnastics failed in its responsibility to protect child athletes from sexual predators and failed to alert authorities to reports of sexual abuse as required by law. Olympic level gymnastics has become a big business funded by some of America’s largest corporations and overseen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Change is being made in the leadership in major companies when sex abuse survivors step forward and say, “#Metoo,” but this hasn’t happened yet in USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley have focused their attention on money and medals while USA Gymnastics is attempting to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in the history of sports. They must be replaced by people who will put the health and safety of athletes first. Please sign this petition now. Demand a leadership change at USA Gymnastics. Jamie Dantzscher - 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Artistic Gymnastic Jessica Howard - 3 Time National Champion, Rhythmic Gymnastics Jeanette Antolin - Former USA National Team Member, Artistic Gymnastics This petition will be delivered to: United States Olympic Committee USA Gymnastics Procter & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
26,901 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Glen T. Senk, CEO

Remove the "Navajo" Collection from Stores!

Urban Outfitters “Navajo Collection” clothing and accessories is not only culturally offensive but also illegal.  I find these items to be culturally offensive. Not just to the Navajo people, but to all people of color who find themselves starting at cheap, vulgar, knockoffs of ideas, dress, and culture that are a way of life.  Despite the offensiveness of their line of products, Urban Outfitters has refused to remove these items from their stores or websites!Did I mention this is also illegal? The Federal Trade Commission Act and Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, "prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts produced within the United States" and states the following: "It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States." None of the items on their website or in their stores are made by Native peoples. Nor do any proceeds go to the betterment of the Navajo Nation. No Navajo people were apparently consulted about this line of offensive material either.Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Urban Outfitters has sold offensive products.  In January 2004, Urban Outfitters offends Jewish people for selling a T-shirt that says “Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl” surrounded by dollar signs, perpetuating a negative stereotype of Jews. The company discontinued the shirt after a complaint from the Anti-Defamation League. In January 2007, Urban Outfitters pulls kaffiyehs from stores after a blogger criticized the retailer’s decision to label the garment an “anti-war woven scarf.” According to the New York Times, the blogger posted photos of terrorists wearing the tasseled scarves, and the company pulled them from stores with the explanation, “Due to the sensitive nature of this item, we will no longer offer it for sale. We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.”I am deeply distressed by your company’s mass marketed collection of distasteful and racially demeaning apparel and décor. I take personal offense to the blatant racism and perverted cultural appropriation your store features this season as “fashion.”  I find the actions of Urban Outfitters and indeed society's desire for Native cultural genocide despicable. So tell Urban Outfitters that it is NOT okay to blatantly disrespect Native cultures and perpetuate bias, stereotypes, and discrimination in this country and call for them to dismantle this line immediately!For More Information on Sasha Houston Brown and her open letter to Urban Outfitters please go to: http://www.racialicious.com/2011/10/10/an-open-letter-to-urban-outfitters-on-columbus-day/

Tiffanie Wilson
16,450 supporters
Petitioning The Hershey Company, Mars, Michele Buck, Martin Radvan, Irene Rosenfeld, Emily Strobel, Mary-Ann Somers, Brian Graubard

Save thousands of dogs’ lives: #GetXylitolOut of your sugar-free gums

Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, Your sugar-free gums are injuring & killing thousands of dogs each year. A simple change on your part can help put a stop to this. Every year, all around the world, thousands of dogs are sickened and killed when they eat xylitol-containing sugar free gum. Below are just a few of the recent news accounts about dogs that were unfortunate enough to have a run-in with a xylitol-containing gum: “Popular ingredient in diet food causes dog deaths and illnesses” (June 2, 2017) “Woman warns pet owners after dog nearly killed by sugar-free gum” (May 17, 2017) “Warning after dog poisoned with chewing gum in Halfway” (April 16, 2017) “Dog almost dies after eating five packets of chewing gum” (April 13, 2017) “Dog suffers seizures after eating 52 pieces of gum” (Feb 20, 2017) While your gums are obviously not intended for (or marketed to) dogs, dogs are never-the-less being sickened and killed by your gums on a daily basis. In 2016, the FDA released an updated warning about xylitol and dogs. As a result of this warning, and the many newspaper and blog articles about the danger, awareness has increased in recent years. Many more people now know that while it may be good for their teeth, and therefore have a place in gums, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Sadly though, this increased awareness seems to have done little to stem the rising tide of xylitol poisoning cases in dogs, most of which arise from dogs eating xylitol-containing gum. Clearly, something more needs to be done. To truly protect dogs everywhere, we need you to stop using xylitol in your gums. We even believe there to be a safe, comparable, and proven replacement. Xylitol’s sugar alcohol “cousin,” erythritol, has been shown to be both non-toxic to dogs and better at protecting teeth. Chronic (1-year) Oral Toxicity Study of Erythritol in Dogs – Regulatory Toxicology Pharmacology, 1996 Oct;24(2 Pt 2):S254-60 Erythritol Is More Effective Than Xylitol and Sorbitol in Managing Oral Health Endpoints – International Journal of Dentistry, 2016 More studies & information about erythritol can be found here While we have just recently learned of erythritol, you are no doubt already aware of it and even know how to use it in gums (given the numerous erythritol-related patents held by your companies, as well as erythritol’s use in a few gums already available in other countries). While looking into erythritol, we also found that recent technologic advances have even helped to decrease production time, increase production yields, and drop the price of erythritol. It would appear that there really are no good reasons for you not to make the switch, and several thousand for you to. Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, you are multinational companies that collectively dominate the sugar-free gum market. We suspect—and truly hope—that your wish is to help your customers protect their teeth without unnecessarily endangering their dogs in the process. So we are asking you to #GetXylitolOut of your gums. All of us, and all of our dogs, are counting on you to make this important change. Thank you in advance, Preventive Vet and dog lovers everywhere

Preventive Vet
2,728 supporters
Petitioning The Hershey Company, Michele Buck, Damien Atkins, Printpack , Steve Voskuil, Terence O'Day, Rohit Grover, Todd W. Tillemans, Kevin Walling, Mary Beth West, The Hershey Company's Board of Directors

Hershey’s: eliminate single-use plastic wrappers

We, Hershey’s customers, ask The Hershey Company to eliminate its use of single-use plastic wrappers from its products, including Hershey's Bars, Jolly Ranchers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and other confectionaries. The tide is turning against plastic pollution, with recent campaigns against plastic straws, plastic bags, and other single-use plastic products. We believe that Hershey’s has a role to play in reducing its pollution footprint by eliminating its single-use plastic wrappers in favor of more sustainable alternatives. Hershey’s has the ability to make a difference. As a large corporation with billions of dollars in net sales [1], Hershey’s is not only a key player in the confectionery industry, but also a large producer of plastic wrappers that end up in landfills in the best case, and littering our streets, waterways, and oceans in the worst. Hershey’s actions should match its promise of sustainability. In Hershey’s 2018 Sustainability Report [2], Hershey’s indicated that it is focused on creating “Reductions in GHGs, total waste, packaging waste and water use.” In order for Hershey’s to successfully achieve this goal, switching away from single-use plastic wrappers is paramount. Hershey’s has plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics. For example, starting in 2019, Nestlé plans to use paper packaging for its Yes! snack bar, and Smarties will have plastic-free packaging as well. Other alternatives include biodegradable or compostable wrappers [3]. Opening up a plastic bag of Jolly Ranchers only to reveal candies individually wrapped with plastic is upsetting. Tearing open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup only to have to discard the plastic wrapper is frustrating. Let us enjoy your candies without the environmental consequences of single-use plastic wrappers. Hershey’s, we love your candies, but we are disappointed with the way you package them. Sources: 1, 2: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/Hershey-SR-2018.pdf 3: https://www.nestle.com/media/pressreleases/allpressreleases/nestle-action-tackle-plastic-waste

AquariumKids
2,486 supporters
Petitioning Kellogg, Nestlé, The Hershey Company

STOP USING PALM OIL. ANIMALS ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES.

The use of palm oil majorly contributes to deforestation. Animals are losing their homes just so you can have your chocolate and hair products! Today, rainforest area the equivalent of 300 soccer fields is being destroyed every hour for the preperation of planting palm oil crops. This is NOT ok. Humans get so greedy that they decide to wreck an animal's life just to make their own life better. People go into rainforests, cut down all the trees so that they can plant new trees for palm oil, and then put that palm oil in whatever products or food they need it for. And then, just like that, all of a sudden the animals living there have no home, and eventually die.  I don't want to be a downer, but for those of you who celebrate halloween, pretty much every chocolate bar you eat has palm oil in it that has come from trees planted where an animal's home was. So that includes mars bars, coffee crisps, kitkat, snickers, twix, aeros, hersheys, reece's peanut butter cups, and more. Some of the main animals that are harmed by deforestation are; Orangutans, Sumatran elephants, Borneal pygmy elephants, and Sumatran rhinos. Palm oil is one of the most ridiculous problems because honestly, we don't even need it! I think we can live without creamy chocolate and some unnatural products. And you know what, we do not own this planet. So we should stop acting like we do. Please sign my petition to help stop this horrible problem that is ruining the world's precious animals.  

May Pearson
1,426 supporters