For five years we have campaigned for stores to stop selling the toxic treats from China. Politicians and policy leaders have protested on our behalf, media networks have covered the story hundreds of times, thousands have signed petitions and written letters.
But, in all that time, not one store in America has voluntarily stopped selling the death treats.
Now, we ask you to join us in a nationwide campaign to ask, no, demand that WalMart, the global leader in retail, to be the first retailer to pull the toxic treats from their stores out of an abundance of caution.
We want WalMart to be the global leader in caring about customers first. We want WalMart to care as much for pets as they do for people and the planet. We want WalMart to demonstrate to other retailers what it means to be an ethical corporation.
On Black Friday, November 23, 2012, before the doors open to the throngs of eager post-Thanksgiving holiday shoppers we will be there. Every person who has been touched by the tragedy of having a pet poisoned by the toxic treats will be there; in 3000 locations across the US, consumers will be there.
We will be there on retailer's most important shopping day of the year. The day they count on to get them out of the red; hence the name Black Friday. Reporters will be there too, lots of them; there to film the madness, we will be there too. Holding signs, talking to reporters, shoppers, telling them why we are there too. We didn't come for the specials; we came because we love our pets.
I know WalMart is capable of compassion. They demonstrated their willingness to put people before profits during a very difficult time involving the tragic death of an infant last December and a product that WalMart carried.
Just like life, timing is everything. The time is right for retailers to do the right thing this holiday season. Because for many families, it will be a difficult time. There will be an empty stocking and an empty pet bed where once a much-loved member of the family will be deeply missed. The member of the family who gave them sloppy kisses, played with the children and was fed a treat that pet parents were assured was healthy and wholesome.
We want everyone, victims, veterinarians, and the media to be there. We know that, together, we can help change the world. Even we only change our corner of the world, we know that WalMart can help make it possible all over the world.
To find out more, please visit www.facebook.com/blackfridayforpets, visit Susan Thixton at TruthAboutPetFood.com and Mollie Morrissette at PoisonedPets.com for information and updates. Hope to see you there!