I had a different post ready to go up today but than I read this important post from Jodi over at Kol’s Notes and I had to jump on board and join in this mission with her.
As some of us head out to hit the stores for the best deals of the year today be on the look out for a protest in front of some of the most shopped stores this Black Friday.
Black Friday for Pets is a National Protest that will take place on November 23, 2012 in the US and Canada in front of local Walmarts to protest the sale of Chicken Jerky Treats manufactured in China that have been responsible for hundreds of dogs becoming ill and several others that have died from consuming these treats.
Despite the danger that these treats pose to our dogs, Walmart and other retailers have still not pulled the treats from their shelves because no testing has been performed to determine what ingredient is making the dogs ill.
Now, I know this and you know this because it has been plastered all over the internet for months now, but there are millions of people who don’t know this and pets are still becoming ill or even worse, dying from consuming these treats.
How do pet owners not know? Probably because they don’t spend as much time as us on the internet and they assume that if a product is on a shelf, than it’s safe.
I have seen several dogs over the past few months that have presented with vomiting, diarrhea, and even a dog that was having unexplained seizures, and the suspected culprit of these symptoms were chicken jerky treats manufactured in China bought from a large retailer. Thankfully, after stopping the chicken jerky treats the dogs were fine and even the dog who was having the mysterious seizures stopped having seizures after the chicken jerky treats were not being given.
Coincidence? Doubt it.
Did we have solid proof that it was the jerky treats? No.
We had speculation and a dog that was no longer having seizures after stopping the jerky treats made in China.
It’s to the point that asking what treats the client is feeding when they come in with an ill dog has become a standard question of mine.
What treats do you feed?
Where were they manufactured at?
I know not to buy these treats for my dogs. You know not to buy these treats for your dog, but many people do not, and it’s our job to spread the word and get the message out and what better way to do this than the biggest shopping day of the year?
So here’s the deal again for you:
On Black Friday, 2012 (November 23, 2012) determined pet food consumers all across the U.S. and Canada will gather together in front of Walmarts. Hopefully someone in your area will be there with protest signs and fliers to hand out to consumers.
Why Black Friday? Several reasons, but the biggest is media. Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Every single year, the media is at Walmarts all across the U.S. filming the shopping frenzy. By planning to ask Walmart managers questions on this day, we have (close to) guaranteed media attention. We need our questions to Walmart to be publicized in every city – this is our one day to achieve that.
Why Walmart? Walmart is the largest national retailer. If Walmart removes the treats from store shelves, it is likely other retailers will follow.
What are we asking for and what are the grounds for our request? Very simple…we are asking Walmart to remove all Chinese imported jerky treats from store shelves immediately and we ask they remain removed until the FDA has issued a statement the treats are safe for pets to consume.
Hundreds of pet deaths and thousands of pet illnesses reported to the FDA should be sufficient grounds for Walmart to remove the treats from store shelves, but that hasn’t been enough for Walmart thus far. So, we are going to ask them if the safety of human products are more important than the safety of pet products. You see, just last year Walmart pulled a human product from store shelves – “out of an abundance of caution” – and without an official FDA recall.
Let’s get the same done for pets.
It’s o.k. if you can’t actually be at a Walmart on Black Friday. Heck, I just read about this last night so I’m not prepared to go out there and protest but I can spread the word to you so you can spread the word to your friends and so on.
We can share it on Facebook. Do you know how many people are going to be standing in line today looking at their Facebook feeds? Thousands.
We can tweet about it. Do you how many people are going to be tweeting about how busy #Walmart is today? Just hashtag Walmart and your tweet will probably be seen by them and Walmart executives!
Share it on your Google+ page!
Pin it on Pinterest!
And it doesn’t stop after Black Friday. we can keep this going all holiday season.
Example: I use to do my holiday shopping at #Walmart, but this year I’ll be shopping at stores that sell Jerky Treats for pets from a China Free Zone .
We’re pet bloggers. Together we monopolize a very large portion of the pet industry. If each one of us tweets a similar message like this one, it’s bound to get some attention.
What do you think? Are you in? Were you out at Walmart today? Did you see any protests? And I wonder if the CEO of Walmart feeds his pet the jerky treats that he sells in his stores? If it’s good enough for our pets than it should be good enough for his, right?