More greeting cards of monkeys in costumes? PETA says it forced CVS to stop selling them

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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“Planet of the Apes” costumes at WonderCon in 2011. PHOTO: Flickr David Kline/The Con-munity CC 2.0

In 2014, CVS removed cigarettes and tobacco products from its shelves.

Now People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is claiming victory for the elimination of another item from the Woonsocket-based retailer.

“The CVS greeting card aisle is getting a whole lot more human,” Katherine Sullivan wrote for PETA this week. “After learning from PETA that cards featuring great apes wearing costumes, displayed in studios, or interacting with humans are hindering conservation efforts, the drugstore giant has banned them from its nearly 10,000 stores! Cards have largely disappeared from store inventories, and those that may remain are being removed.


CVS did not respond to request for comment at the time of publication.

“Unnatural images of chimpanzees mislead consumers into believing that the species, which could face extinction in our lifetime, is thriving,” Sullivan continued. “These depictions may also increase black market demand for endangered great apes as ‘pets’, which is one of the main forces pushing them towards extinction.”

“Chimpanzees are neither role models nor 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.

PHOTO: Flickr David Kline/The Community Culture Geek CC 2.0

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Mika R. Pyle