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World  (tags: HumanRights, freedoms, ethics, children, africa )

- 2723 days ago -
The chocolate industry currently employs over 3.6 million children who work on cocoa farms in places like western Africa. Sign the petition telling the CEOs of these firms to stop promoting child slavery and sell only fair-trade chocolate.

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Beverly L (72)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 9:58 pm
These children work as slaves, enduring exploitation and harsh working conditions. Big chocolate companies like Cargill, Hershey, and Mars are behind this kind of corruption, often using shady business techniques to sidestep regulations and keep labor prices low.

Large corporations such as these know better than to outsource labor in this manner. Many businesses in the food industry have found ways to make sure their products are fair-trade, and there is no reason Cargill, Hershey, and Mars can't do the same.

Michael G (22)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 10:07 pm
Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Fran F (118)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 10:22 pm
Yes, thanks for posting this, Beverly! Signed and shared.

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 10:49 pm
Noted, and signed, thanks Beverly...

Jae A (316)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:46 am
Oh well I ate too much chocolate anyway so not doing so will be a good thing and for a better cause than my own possible weight gain. So sad and just wrong that there are children in this decade that still have to be enslaved as workers for some greedy bastard individuals,governments and or Corporations. They miss out on what more fortunate children experience...a child hood.. some innocence, and opportunity to learn about themselves and the world in general, though schooling/education etc.

Ingrid Offline A (209)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 1:00 am

THANKS Beverly.
Noted & signed.
(Thank you, you've already signed this campaign and confirmed your signature!)

It is a disgrace to treat children as slaves. Children
need loving and caring hands no matter where in
the world any child is born. The Western Africa is
special as many of these children are kidnapped
from nearby countries to work on the fields under
terrible conditions. Another company not mentioned
in the petition is the NESTLÉ. It is unbelievable what
greed has done to mankind. Not only in this matter.
Greed is a dangerous poison destroying peace on
earth. You can only win over greed by saying NO,
THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! It is so very important
to only buy fair trade chocolate declaring no children
are exploited producing this chocolate.


. (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:58 am
Petition signed.

Ben O (171)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:33 am
Signed! (2,277 signatures)
Fair Trade - The one and only option!

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:56 am
Signed. thanks Beverly. I have only bought fair trade chocolates for about 10 years now. It tastes better too!

Michela M (3964)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 8:54 am
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 9:24 am
Thank you, you've already signed this campaign and confirmed your signature!

Sanja T (154)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 9:49 am
noted... and signed

Carol C (97)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 10:07 am
Signed. Thanks.

ANCIE cr (4)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 10:45 am
the smart plan of big companies: they make some children work for them and some other children buy their products......

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:20 pm
Chocolate, UGH !

Mel I (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:59 pm
Noted and Signed

Lilo Prinz (23)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 1:39 pm
thank you Beverly! signed!

Ann L (15)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 1:43 pm

Marti Williams (170)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 1:47 pm

ewoud k (68)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:00 pm
This story gives a bitter taste to chocolate. signed and noted

Ana F (128)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:12 pm
signed. i do not eat chocolate, i don't like it!!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:31 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed and sent.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:34 pm
Noted and signed ,

Ludger W (71)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:37 pm
signed, ty

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:47 pm
Noted and signed.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:57 pm
I signed a similar petition about Firestone rubber. Firestone responded with a newsletter showing the social improvements in their rubber facility. This petition had it WRONG!. Firestone was rebuilding the community. New schools, a hospital, advancement witin the employment to have the locals run the company. These people go to school at the company school. They go to college. This is at the companies expense. The students have to pay for this education by working for the plantation for a known number of years. This is the only corporate involvement in a country that was devastated by over a decade of civil war.
If the cocoa industry is indeed treating these children as slaves, the SHAME and condemnation upon you. But I come from Maine where the schools would close so the children could help with the potato harvest. I well reserve my signing this petition till I know more.

Patricia N (41)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 3:20 pm
Makes me happy that I am not a chocolate eater. Noted and signed.

Beverly L (72)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 3:24 pm
Thank you Ben for sharing the link. Unfortunately Patricia I am a chocolate monger, but going to rethink that habit. Thank you all for signing and forwarding ~ you're the best!

Claudia O (73)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 3:36 pm
We already signed a pledge to stop buying Hershey's products until the exploitation of children ended. Now we have signed this petition. We used to buy Hershey's chocolate all the time, but have stopped and now buy only Fair Trade chocolate.

Constance F (418)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 3:49 pm
Signed. Thank you for posting.

Janyce S (12)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:04 pm
Signed and noted

Alice B (241)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:12 pm
NOTED & SIGNED: I only buy fair-trade vegan dark chocolate.

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:13 pm
Done, thank you Beverly.

Alicia V (181)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:18 pm

jane richmond (10)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:02 pm
signed and noted

Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:06 pm
We like Callebaut chocolate and never buy the cheap stuff. I do buy organic dark chocolate chips for baking and melting....but I buy from a store that doesn't sell anything but fair-trade coffee and chocolate.

Beverly L (72)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:14 pm
Hershey's closed their plant here about 2 years ago and laid off almost 40 people, said they couldn't afford to keep the plant open anymore, now we know why.

Valerie J (8)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:56 pm
Disgusting! The only way to stop all these corporations from exploiting children and animals is to stop buying their products!! So the next time you want a candy bar think about the people suffering to satisfy your taste buds!

Teresa K (33)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:11 pm
Noted thanks

Susan Pernot (75)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:49 pm
Damn the corporations who exploit children using them as slaves and test on animals for our moment of chocolate bliss.
Definitely signed and noted

Marta B (45)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:54 pm
Signed. Thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:55 pm
Signed. Thank you for posting.

Elise L (4)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:03 pm
Chocolate is good, but kids should not be used. kids should be eating it! not making it!

elle g (24)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:19 pm
Hartson, Firestone prolly came in and said all that sugary stuff after they had 'raped and pillaged' the area and the community could no longer sustain themselves with what they had left behind.

The cocoa industry in Africa is much like the diamond industry. Most of the children who work as slaves have been kidnapped. They don't have "Amber Alerts" in Africa---those children are never seen again by their families.

We are lucky, we have our own coffee industry here so I can buy local coffee but I have to be very careful what chocolate I buy, to make sure it's fair trade. It costs a lot more, so therefore I don't eat as much and that's a good thing. A little is prolly good for you, but not if it comes at the expense of kidnapped children being put into slavery.

We can buy a good quality dark chocolate bar here from Greens, they are not only fair trade, but organic as well. You get 1/3 the chocolate for twice the price of the 'biggies' in the trade, but I can live with myself after eating it.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:32 pm
So glad that I am not a chocoholic - weight wise and cavities. Thank you for calling this to my attention. I don't care if dark chocolate is good for you - I hate it.

Charlene Rush (2)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:40 pm
I'm done with these companies, and when I'm done, I'm done!

Lidia E F (8)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 8:42 pm
Signed and noted.Kids should be kids.Let them have as much fun as they can,because once you are an adult,your fun days come to a screeching halt.Well for some of us.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 9:17 pm
digned and noted

Geynell Eskite (68)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 11:28 pm

Sundeep Shah (0)
Monday December 6, 2010, 12:35 am
signed. Thanks

elle g (24)
Monday December 6, 2010, 4:49 am
We seem to have a spammer on board and the report button is not working for me.

David E (1)
Monday December 6, 2010, 5:38 am

Beverly L (72)
Monday December 6, 2010, 6:37 am
Let's face it people, childhood is the best time of life. It's also the shortest time of life. Kids should be kids, not slaves.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Monday December 6, 2010, 6:41 am

Valerie S (70)
Monday December 6, 2010, 8:58 am
Signed & noted. Will be very careful purchasing chocolates for my holiday baking.

Jere W (9)
Monday December 6, 2010, 9:34 am
Noted & signed

Alicia N (87)
Monday December 6, 2010, 10:18 am
Signed and I visited The Hunger Site Store where buying from there you can help around the world, thanks and have an amazing day.

Apolonia Pl (393)
Monday December 6, 2010, 11:25 am
Signed with No 2565.

Alice C (1797)
Monday December 6, 2010, 11:51 am

Ron R (54)
Monday December 6, 2010, 4:00 pm
Signed, noted and passed on.

Ira M (211)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 4:32 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:14 am
thanx Beverly, noted & signed. Do the chocolate wrappers have Fair Trade written on them? How do I know if the chocolate is Fair Trrade? Alicia, mentioned The Hunger Site Store are they in Texas also?
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