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Tell Ferrero and Lindt Not to Use Child Labor to Produce Chocolate

Display of Lindt chocolate bunnies

Display of Lindt chocolate bunnies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children as young as seven endure sixteen hour days and beatings to produce the cocoa that major companies Lindt and Ferrero use to make chocolate.

Every other major chocolate company has taken steps to make sure that their cocoa is not harvested by children, but Ferrero and Lindt refuse to sell fairly traded chocolate.

Morgan Rayner, a childcare worker in Australia, has started a petition on calling on Ferrero and Lindt to take immediate steps to make sure no child labor is involved in making their chocolate.

Click here to join tens of thousands around the world: tell Lindt and Ferrero to stamp out child slave labor in their supply chain and introduce ethical chocolate.

There may be as many as 2 million children working in cocoa farms in West Africa, where 70% of the world’s cocoa is farmed.

The movement to end child slavery in the chocolate industry is growing fast. Nestle, Mars, and Cadbury have released products that are certified as child labor free. Just a few months ago, Hershey introduced its first independently certified child labor-free chocolate bar after hearing from more than 54,000 people via a petition started on Change.org.

Lindt and Ferrero are the last major brands still holding out. They’re under pressure to make sure their products aren’t produced by children.

Easter is one of the most profitable times of the year for chocolate companies; they’ll be more sensitive than ever to consumer pressure. Click here to tell Lindt and Ferrero to introduce chocolate that’s free from child slave labor now.

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If You Care About Girls in America, Read This!

Over at the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof has written an impassioned plea for us to be aware that human trafficking is something that happens every day – not just in Cambodia or India, but in the United States. It’s time we all stop treating these girls like criminals and start helping them find their way out of slavery.

Check it out.

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