Petitioning The Hershey Company and 7 others

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

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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:

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.

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

This petition will be delivered to:
  • President, Mars Wrigley Confectionary
    Martin Radvan
  • Chairman & CEO, Mondelēz International
    Irene Rosenfeld
  • Global Senior Brand Manager (Orbit/Extra), Mars Wrigley Confectionary
    Emily Strobel
  • General manager/VP US Confection, The Hershey Company
    Mary-Ann Somers
  • General Manager US Confections, Mondelēz International
    Brian Graubard


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