I pledge not to eat shrimp that is associated with slave labor. Investigations by the Associated Press (AP) recently revealed that U.S. supermarkets and restaurants are selling shrimp that is peeled by slaves. Some of the conditions these shrimp peelers endure include emotional and physical abuse, being locked into the sheds where they work, and working 16 hour shifts with their hands in ice water.
I want companies to know that consumers don’t want to buy shrimp, or anything else, made with slavery. The investigations by the Associated Press found shrimp linked to slavery in all 50 states. Investigations found shrimp associated with slavery in Acme Markets; Albertsons; Aldi; Bi-Lo; Carrs-Safeway; Cash Wise; Crest Foods; Cub Foods; D'Agostino Supermarket; Dan's Supermarket; Dollar General; Edwards Food Giant; Family Dollar; Foodland; Fred Meyer; Giant Eagle; Harris-Teeter; H-E-B; Hy-Vee; Jerry's Foods; Jewel-Osco; Jons International Marketplace; Kroger; Lowes Foods; Mariano's; Market Basket; Marsh Supermarkets; Martin's Super Markets; McDade's Market; Pavilions; Petco; Piggly Wiggly; Price Chopper; Publix; Ralphs; Randall's Food Market; Redner's Warehouse Markets; Russ's Market; Safeway; Save Mart; Schnucks; Shaws; ShopRite; Smart & Final; Sprouts Farmers Market; Stater Bros.; Stop & Shop; Sunshine Foods; Target; Van's Thriftway; Vons; Wal-Mart; Whole Foods; Winn-Dixie.
When in doubt, I will choose not to buy and eat food that might be made from slavery. The above list of grocery stores is where the Associated Press investigated, but shrimp from other grocery stores may also be associated with slavery. I want companies to be accountable for their supply chains and making sure their products are not based on slavery.
I do not want to be guilty of eating slave shrimp. Companies that sell shrimp with supply chains connected to slavery are guilty of playing a part in the continuation of slavery. “We were crying, but we kept peeling shrimp,” he said. “We couldn’t rest. … I think people are guilty if they eat the shrimp that we peeled like slaves.” - Former shrimp peeler, quoted in AP article, Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves Instead of being guilty of eating slave shrimp, I am going to be part of the solution. I will stop buying shrimp associated with slavery and take action to make sure companies stop supporting slavery. Companies like the ones listed above have the responsibility to take action too.
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