Animal Activists are calling on North America’s largest chocolate company, Hershey’s, to start producing a dairy free chocolate for their popular ‘Kisses’.
“We applaud Hershey’s sustainable cocoa commitment and urge them to spread the love this Valentine’s Day by committing to make a dairy-free Kiss,” said In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick. “Many large companies are taking advantage of the thriving dairy-free market. It’s time for North America’s largest chocolate producer to step up with a delicious non-dairy line.”
Hershey’s has outlined its commitment plan to source 100% of its cocoa from sustainable sources by 2020. 50% of its commitment is forecast to be achieved during 2016.
The petition from the animal activist group, Defense of Animals, have the following reasons to why Hershey’s should go dairy free:
- Positive change for animals, health and the environment.
- Dairy consumption has a negative impact on many people’s health. One example is lactose intolerance.
- Cows at many farms undergo brutality for the production of milk
- Provides alternatives for vegans.
Hershey’s Chief Executive, JP Bilbrey, has previously stated, “If you demand something, those that supply it to you will provide that particular product.”
Many companies across the world have began catering dairy-free foods. These companies include Subway, Castle, Mug and Bean, Chipotle, White Castle, Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s who recently launched their non dairy ice creams.
It’s high time Hershey’s join the dairy free family and cater for individuals with autoimmune diseases such celiac disease, cater for vegans and especially people who are lactose intolerant. You can sign In Defense of Animals’ letter to Hershey’s requesting dairy-free Kisses at here.