CVS just banned these greeting cards from its stores

From product recalls to ongoing shortages, CVS has seen its fair share of empty shelves over the past year. In July, the drugstore chain pulled two different sunscreen products from its stores after a report emerged claiming the products contained a chemical that can cause cancer. Then in August, the retailer had to impose a purchase limit on home COVID tests due to high demand and shortage. Now, CVS has just banned a product from being sold in one of its stores following complaints. Read on to find out what the drugstore chain is pulling from the shelves.

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CVS pulls a number of cards from its greeting card aisle. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the drugstore chain banned cards featuring great apes wearing costumes, displayed in studios or interacting with humans following protests from the organization. CVS has banned the cards from its nearly 10,000 stores, and PETA says most of the cards have already been removed.

Better life has contacted CVS to confirm that these cards have been removed from shelves and banned, but has not yet received a response.

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According to PETA, unnatural images of great apes, such as chimpanzees, “mislead consumers” into believing the species is doing well. But all chimpanzees have been listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service since 2015. And the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned that all species of great apes are at risk. very high extinction in the wild in the near future, possibly within our lifetime.

PETA also notes that depictions of chimpanzees in these greeting cards could increase demand for buying endangered great apes as “pets” on the black market, which is a major force driving them towards extinction. . “Chimpanzees are not mannequins or props, and photos of them wearing Santa hats or sitting at the holiday table put these endangered animals at risk,” said the executive vice president of PETA. Tracy Reiman said in a statement.

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While CVS is the most recent retailer to pull these greeting cards from its shelves, it’s not the first. Rite Aid removed all great ape greeting cards from its stores earlier this year. In March, the drugstore chain released cards containing images of chimpanzees, orangutans and other great apes in what PETA called “degrading and clownish images” after protests from the organization. animal rights advocacy, Penn Live reported.

“Regarding your request to remove greeting cards featuring great apes, please be advised that we are removing these cards from our inventory as quickly as possible,” André Persaud, executive vice president of retail at Rite Aid, said in a statement to PETA at the time. “We have contacted our supplier American Greetings, and they will be removing all great ape cards from our stores on their next service call.”

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Salt Lake City, Utah / USA - October 25, 2018: Hallmark Greeting Card Company sign in greeting card aisle of grocery store
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At present, there are still many of these greeting cards sold. PETA is urging American Greetings to stop making and selling cards with images of unnatural great apes, and Walgreens has asked Hallmark to stop selling such cards in its US stores. Julia Galluccia PETA primatologist, told Penn Live that the organization only opposes media portraying these animals as being cute and cuddly or being held, rather than just sitting in their wild habitat.

“We have no problem with greeting cards that feature natural depictions of great apes,” Gallucci said. “It’s very, very different from a chimpanzee drinking a beer, wearing a birthday hat or wearing sunglasses. It can celebrate them for who they really are, which is this species. very interesting, beautiful, socially complex and emotionally complex. They are our closest living relative and worthy of respect, rather than just some kind of caricature of a human.”

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