For International Human Rights Day I wanted to share a message from the Food Empowerment Project about the fight against slavery in the chocolate industry. Currently, much of the chocolate sold worldwide relies on child slavery in places like the Ivory Coast of Africa. These children are treated brutally, and are sometimes sold to cocoa farms for as little as $1.50, after which they will spend their entire lives working 14 to 18 hour days for no pay.
International corporations take advantage of this slave labor. Nestle, Hersheys, Mars, Kraft… The list goes on. Even more frustrating, however, are the corporations that hide behind an image of caring and responsibility. Today I am asking everyone who sees this post to contact Clif Bar and demand that they disclose the country of origin for their chocolate. Clif has tried to avoid answering this question in the past: they will likely send you a long winded post about fair trade policies, or organic certifications. Child slavery has been found on supposedly “fair trade” and organic farms in the past, however! It’s time that Clif responds to the Food Empowerment Project, their supporters, and everyone who opposes slavery worldwide.
Clicking the image above (designed by Felix von der Weppen) will take you to the Food Empowerment Project’s Clif Bar petition, but I am going to ask that once you sign the petition you then go over to Clif’s pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/clifbar) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ClifBar) and post some messages there asking about their stance on chocolate slavery and why they haven’t responded to the Food Empowerment Project. Then, pick up your phone, and dial 1-800-254-3227. That is the corporate toll free number for Clif. It costs them money every single time you dial it, so dial it often, and demand to know whether Clif uses slavery in the production of it’s products.
Alright, finally, fellow vegans: pay attention to this stuff. If you say that compassion guides your decisions, and you say that this is one struggle, and you abhor cruelty, how can you support slavery? Visit http://www.foodispower.org/ online for a list of slavery-free chocolate producers.
reblogging because my post about this earlier got like 5 notes. I can post an image of vegan food and get 1000+ notes but stuff like this gets glossed over, it’s extremely disappointing. You know how many vegans do stuff like immediately dismiss/don’t take seriously feminists that aren’t vegan? Well how do you expect human rights activists to take vegans seriously and act in solidarity if we don’t pay attention to issues like these? If we truly believe in intersectionality then we need to treat these issues just as serious as we treat animal rights issues.