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Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Stop Abuse Campaign

The Stop Abuse Campaign
A new video from the cause

The Stop Abuse Campaign

Don't buy chocolate produced by slaves for Valentine's Day.

Posted by Andrew Willis (cause leader)
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The dark side of chocolate
While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children.

In 2001 consumers around the world were outraged to discover that child labor and slavery, trafficking, and other abuses existed on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, a country that produces nearly half the world's cocoa. An avalanche of negative publicity and consumer demands for answers and solutions soon followed.

Two members of US Congress, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Eliot Engel of New York, tackled the issue by adding a rider to an agricultural bill proposing a federal system to certify and label chocolate products as slave free.
The measure passed the House of Representatives and created a potential disaster for Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland Mars, Hershey's, Nestle, Barry Callebaut, Saf-Cacao and other chocolate manufacturers. To avoid legislation that would have forced chocolate companies to label their products with "no child labor" labels (for which many major chocolate manufacturers wouldn't qualify), the industry fought back and finally agreed to a voluntary protocol to end abusive and forced child labor on cocoa farms by 2005.
The chocolate industry fought back. Ultimately, a compromise was reached to end child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms by 2005. In 2005 the cocoa industry failed to comply with the protocol's terms, and a new deadline for 2008 was established. In 2008 the terms of the protocol were still not met, and yet another deadline for 2010 was set.
Almost a decade after the chocolate companies, concerned governments and specially foundations spent millions of dollars in an effort to eradicate child labor and trafficking in the international cocoa trade, has anything changed?
Americans will spend almost $20 billion on Valentines Day this year.  How will show yours?
Show your love with a True Love Card

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. The day we remind ourselves, and all the special people in our lives, just how much we love them. How lucky are we, to be so cherished.

Not everyone is that lucky. Millions upon millions of men, women, children and seniors have no idea how 'love' feels. All they feel is the pain of abuse. Physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial.

But your love can help heal their pain. Not just for a single day, but forever more.

Donate at least $10 to the Stop Abuse Campaign. In return we'll mail your true love a one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day card, with any message you want. A True Love Card. A truly, true love card.

Because in addition to telling your one-and-only how you feel, it also speeds your message of love to all those in need. And to all of us, who need to be reminded we can, and must, stop abuse.

$10. Less than a heart-shaped box of chocolates. And so much sweeter. Click here and just follow the directions.

And help us spread the love.

Andrew & Kenny
PS. Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano launch a behind-the-scenes investigation and verify if these allegations of child labor in the chocolate industry are present today.

Want to get involved? See this video on Causes