Shell No - Pest Strip

Friday, March 5, 1993   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Shell Chemical had to take its "No-Pest-Strip" off the market back in '79 because . . . well, there was that unfortunate incident of the young man dying. Shell settled out-of-court with that family, but the Environmental Protection Agency was finding hundreds of other cases of poisoning by DDVP--the cancer-causing stuff in Shell's strip that kills pests . . . and some people. So Shell withdrew the product. But they didn't withdraw it far . . . Just across the Mexican border.

Yeah, stop in any hardware or drug store in Mexico today, and you can still buy Shell's colorful little item to hang from your ceiling -- kinda like a poisonous pi¤ata.

Diane Hembree and William Kistner of the Center for Investigative Reporting recently wrote that Shell Mexico markets the strip without regard for human life, advising people to use it everywhere. The package even pictures a strip hanging over the crib of a smiling baby.

When a Shell representative was asked if he felt guilty about endangering Mexicans, including children, he said: "Speaking as a human being, sure you feel bad. But I'm not being paid to be a human being."

Now there's a company with an attitude. Some say money is the root of all evil. But that misquotes the Bible. The Bible says "THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil."

That must be what's at work here -- corporate executives who love money more than their own humanity. Maybe if we wallpapered that guy's own home with Shell strips, he'd get in a little better touch with his "human side," what do you think?

Tell you what, I'll give you a phone number so you can call this $22-billion-a-year conglomerate and tell 'em yourself what you think. Yeah, you can just ring 'em up! Isn't this a great country? Here's their number: (713) 241-6161.

This is Jim Hightower saying, it's time to kill Shell's pest strip once and for all.

Sources:
E Magazine; "No-Pest Moves South", Diane Hembree & William Kistner

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