Victory! TK Maxx Withdraws Donkey Oil Product After Letter From PETA
TK Maxx is withdrawing Elizavecca Donkey Creamy Cleansing Melting Cream from sale in its stores after PETA sent its parent company, TJX Europe, a letter highlighting the cruelty of the donkey oil and gelatine industry, which was recently documented in a shocking exposé by PETA Asia.
The footage shows donkeys on Chinese farms being struck on the head with sledgehammers before their throats were cut open. At every facility visited by PETA Asia’s observer, the animals were kept in small, filthy concrete-floored pens only partially protected from the elements by a tin roof. Many were seen standing in their own waste, and the only water available to them was filthy and green with algae.
One donkey was so malnourished that his ribs stuck out. Another was so sick that she couldn’t walk, so she was dumped into the bucket of a tractor and hauled away. Workers confided to the observer that they were concerned that environmental inspectors would fine them or shut down the facility.
TJX Europe has a policy against selling items containing donkey or horse oil, and this particular product ended up on TK Maxx’s shelves as a result of an error. The company thanked PETA for bringing this issue to its attention and took swift action to rectify the problem.
What You Can Do
Visit our action page for more information on the cruel donkey oil and gelatine trade.
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