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• Chrysler produces cars, trucks and vans as well as commercial vehicles.

• The company's pro-diversity measures that ensure equal opportunities for minorities and gay and lesbian employees are praiseworthy, as well as its charitable donations such as the $10 million Chrysler gave to victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

• Chrysler remains a major contributor to carbon emission and therefore climate change and toxic dumping, and recently agreed to pay $95 million in a settlement with the EPA and the Justice Department over defective emissions controls on 1.5 million Jeep and Dodge vehicles.

• Chrysler has used its corporate influence to fight stricter emissions legislation, and the company scored only 43 out of 100 on the Ceres Corporate Governance and Climate Change report.

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-- Profile Updated 08/04/2010

About Chrysler


Chrysler, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, produces cars, trucks and vans as well as commercial vehicles. The company, which reported revenues of $59.7 billion in 2007, employs over 78,000 people. Trucks and SUVs account for 71 percent of the company's sales.

Campaigns

Take Action Against the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM)…

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which currently represents General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, is suing states that are trying to enforce tailpipe emissions regulations. AAM is also launching a massive ad campaign to convince the public that Fuel Economy is a bad thing. Join the Rainforest Action Network in writing to AAM to ask them to "stop sinking money into fighting regulations and to start investing in real solutions to global warming."

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Freedom From Oil

Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange…

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Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and the Ruckus Society are the sponsors of the Freedom From Oil campaign, asking auto makers to fight environmental degradation by producing the fuel efficient cars of the future. Consumers are encouraged to send the message to major car producers that there is a healthy demand for fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Ford is the primary target of the campaign, but major auto companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Chrysler are being asked to achieve an average fleet fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2010.

www.freedomfromoil.org/


Affiliates

- Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison (Branch) - Latham, NY
- Chrysler (United Kingdom) Ltd. - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
- Chrysler Canada Inc. (Branch) - Windsor, Canada

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- Chrysler Canada Inc. (Branch) - Windsor, Canada
- Chrysler Corp. - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Corporation (Subsidiary) - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Corporation - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Corporation - Dodge Car/Truck Division - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Corporation - Jeep Division - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Credit Corp. - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Financial Company L.L.C. - Farmington Hills, MI
- Chrysler Financial Company Llc. - Houston, TX
- Chrysler Financial Company, L.L.C. - Southfield, MI
- Chrysler Insurance Agency - Southfield, MI
- Chrysler Insurance Co. - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler International Services - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Overseas Capital Corporation - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Realty Corp. - Auburn Hills, MI
- Chrysler Realty Corporation - Brookfield, CT
- Chrysler Realty Corporation - Irvine, CA
- Chrysler Realty Corporation - Longwood, FL
- Chrysler Realty Corporation - Maiden, NC
- Classic Chrysler Center Inc. (Division) - Raynham, MA
- Contemporary Motor Cars Inc. (Division) - Little Silver, NJ
- Detroit Deisel Corporation - Detroit, MI
- Detroit Diesel Corp. - Detroit, MI
- Detroit Diesel Corporation (Division) - Canton, OH
- Detroit Diesel Corporation - Dallas, TX
- Detroit Diesel Corporation - Detroit, MI
- Detroit Diesel Corporation - Irvine, CA
- Detroit Diesel Corporation - Laredo, TX
- Detroit Diesel Corporation - Saint George, UT
- Detroit Diesel of Canada Ltd. - London, Canada
- Detroit Diesel Overseas Distribution Corp. (Division) - Miami, FL
- Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing - Grand Rapids, MI
- Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing-Central (Subsidiary) - Emporia, KS
- Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing-East (Division) - Byesville, OH
- Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing-West (Subsidiary) - Tooele, UT
- Detroit Overseas Corporation - Detroit, MI
- Dornier Medical Systems, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Kennesaw, GA
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison (Division) - Ocala, FL
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison (Division) - Tampa, FL
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison (Subsidiary) - Fort Pierce, FL
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison - Fort Myers, FL
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison - Miami, FL
- Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison Inc. (Subsidiary) - Orlando, FL
- Global Electric Motor Cars L.L.C. (Subsidiary) - Fargo, ND
- La Brea Chrysler Jeep (Division) - Los Angeles, CA
- La Brea Chrysler Jeep - Los Angeles, CA
- Mopar - Center Line, MI
- New Venture Gear Inc. (Branch) - Troy, MI
- New Venture Gear Inc. - East Syracuse, NY
- New Venture Gear New York L.L.C. - East Syracuse, NY
- Outer Drive Holdings Inc. - Detroit, MI
- Outer Drive Holdings North - Detroit, MI
- Toledo Machining Plant (Division) - Perrysburg, OH
- Turbo-Union Ltd. - Filton, United Kingdom
- Valeo/Acustar Thermal Systems - Livonia, MI

Contact Chrysler


Chrysler
Auburn Hills, MI 48326 United States

Phone: 1-800-992-1997

Web: www.chrysler.com

Alerts

Environment

Chrysler continued its long tradition of opposing fuel economy legislation through 2007, when it joined with other major auto manu…

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Chrysler continued its long tradition of opposing fuel economy legislation through 2007, when it joined with other major auto manufacturers to oppose an energy bill that would require, among other changes, an increase of fuel economy standards from 25 to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The companies continue to fight against raising fuel economy standards in the United States, despite having already agreed to meet tougher European standards which stipulate cars must achieve 40 miles to the gallon.

-- San Francisco Chronicle, 06/13/2007

Source URL: none available


According to a report on Superfunds by nonprofit investigative journalism organization, the Center for Public Integrity, Chrysler …

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According to a report on Superfunds by nonprofit investigative journalism organization, the Center for Public Integrity, Chrysler is a 'potentially responsible party' (PRP) in 50 Superfund sites across the country. A Superfund site is defined as a toxic waste site that falls under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, which was enacted in 1980. Under the law, companies and other parties found responsible for polluting sites are required to clean up the area or pay the costs for cleanup to the EPA.

-- Center for Public Integrity, 04/26/2007

Source URL: www.publicintegrity.org/Superfund/Company.aspx?act=12322


The Union of Concerned Scientists, a "science-based nonprofit" working on environmental and safety issues, rated Chrysler as "Publ…

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The Union of Concerned Scientists, a "science-based nonprofit" working on environmental and safety issues, rated Chrysler as "Public Polluter #1" in its 2007 rankings of the environmental performaces of eight major automobile manufacturers, saying the company's small pickup trucks produce more smog than any class of vehicles from any other automaker.

-- Union of Concerned Scientists, 04/03/2007

Source URL: www.ucsusa.org/publication.cfm?publicationID=517


The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions.…

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The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions. The State’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, and Nissan for damaging the state’s weather, economy, and public health. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, filing the suit, stated: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis.”

-- Green Consumer Guide, 09/22/2006

Source URL: www.greenconsumerguide.com/index.php?news=3272


Environmental Defense’s report entitled “Global Warming on the Road” sheds light on the role of automobiles in augmenting the prob…

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Environmental Defense’s report entitled “Global Warming on the Road” sheds light on the role of automobiles in augmenting the problem of global warming. Automobiles emit roughly 10 percent of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, the main form of greenhouse gas pollution. In 2004, CO2 emissions (MMTc), from the “Big Three”- GM, Ford, and Chrysler- were comparable to that from the nation’s 11 top electric companies. In that same year, DaimlerChrysler’s cars and light trucks emitted 51 carbon emissions (MMTc), which accounts for 16 percent of MMTc emitted by all automobile makers.

-- Environmental Defense, 06/22/2006

Source URL: www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/5301_Globalwarmingontheroad.pdf


Chryser received a summary score of 43 out of 100 in a 2006 Ceres report examining companies' response to the issue of climate cha…

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Chryser received a summary score of 43 out of 100 in a 2006 Ceres report examining companies' response to the issue of climate change. Ceres is a national network of environmental activists and investors working together to address climate change issues. While Chrysler has made incremental improvements in its fleet fuel efficiency, the company is only striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% from 2002 to 2012.

-- CERES, 03/01/2006

Source URL: www.ceres.org/pub/docs/Ceres_corp_gov_and_climate_change_0306.pdf


In December 2005, Chrysler reached a $94 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice ove…

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In December 2005, Chrysler reached a $94 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice over defective emission controls on nearly 1.5 million Jeep and Dodge vehicles. State and Federal investigations raised questions over whether Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by failing to disclose the defects. The monetary settlement clears Chrysler of these charges.

-- Environmental Protection Agency, 12/22/2005

Source URL: yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/175...


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering nationwide energy efficiency, list…

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering nationwide energy efficiency, listed the Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup and the Dodge Ram SRT10 on their 2005 “Meanest Vehicles” list, a ranking of the twelve most polluting vehicles of the year. ACEEE ranks vehicles based on tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and the emissions of gases that cause global warming.

-- GreenerCars.com, 02/15/2005

Source URL: www.greenercars.org/pr11.html


In April 2002, former supervisors at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana were fined and sentenced to home detention for ordering t…

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In April 2002, former supervisors at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana were fined and sentenced to home detention for ordering the dumping of industrial oil coolant into the city's sewer system. The supervisors, who plead guilty to violations of the Clean Water Act, directed workers in April 1997 to send thousands of gallons of the coolant through bypass lines into the city sewers.

-- Associated Press, 04/22/2002

Source URL: none available


Ethics and Governance

Even after receiving a $14 billion bailout from the government, Chrysler and General Motors are likely to continue spending millio…

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Even after receiving a $14 billion bailout from the government, Chrysler and General Motors are likely to continue spending millions of dollars in their campaign against states like California that want to increase fuel economy standards. California Attorney General Jerry Brown called the situation ironic: by continuing to oppose higher standards, Chrysler and GM would be using taxpayer money from the bailout to sue the taxpayers. Brown argued that the reason the companies needed a bailout in the first place was because they were not satisfying the increasing demand for fuel-sipping vehicles.

-- National Public Radio (NPR), 01/29/2009

Source URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100019127


Chrysler LLC received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on…

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Chrysler LLC received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007

Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp


Chrysler received a "B-" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report.…

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Chrysler received a "B-" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report. The grade reflects a measurement of corporate America's commitment to the African American citizenry and other people of color. Companies were surveyed for their activity in employment, vendor development and contracting, advertising and marketing, dealerships and philanthropy.

-- NAACP, 07/15/2007

Source URL: www.naacp.org/advocacy/economic/eri_2007/auto.pdf


Between 1998 and 2006, Chrysler spent $40 million on lobbying and campaign contributions.…

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Between 1998 and 2006, Chrysler spent $40 million on lobbying and campaign contributions.

-- Center for Public Integrity, 04/27/2007

Source URL: www.publicintegrity.org/Superfund/Company.aspx?act=12322


Lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York will revive 2002 compensation claims against …

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Lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York will revive 2002 compensation claims against foreign multinationals they accuse of aiding and abetting apartheid violence. Implicated corporations include BP, Barclays, Hewlett-Packard, Credit Suisse, Coca-Cola, Chrysler, Ford and Shell Oil. The plaintiffs and some 29 civil society groups and individuals allege that companies that supported the apartheid state violated the Sullivan code and US's constructive engagement policy designed to fight descrimination. Violations involved such activities as providing the regime with armoured vehicles for patroling townships, and creating the pass book which non-whites were required to carry to authorize their passage in otherwise white areas.

-- Independent Online, 01/22/2006

Source URL: www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=14&click_id=6&art_id=vn200601221137...


In December 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it wanted to close loopholes in fuel emissions…

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In December 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it wanted to close loopholes in fuel emissions standards legislation. These loopholes include the classification of Chrysler AG's PT Cruiser as a light truck, which makes it subject to laxer gas-mileage rules than a car. In a letter to the NHTSA, Reginald Modlin, Chrysler's environmental and energy planning director, voiced the company’s resistance to changing legislation: "Any change may not be better, it may just be different." The Wall Street Journal speculated that these loopholes may be difficult for NHTSA to eliminate, as the auto industry contributed 10 times as much to Mr. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000 than to his Democratic opponent.

-- Wall Street Journal, 12/22/2003

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In November, 2003, Chrysler agreed to pay $100,000 to be distributed equally among 10 class members for discrimination against per…

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In November, 2003, Chrysler agreed to pay $100,000 to be distributed equally among 10 class members for discrimination against persons with disabilities at their Kokomo Indiana plant.

-- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 11/01/2003

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In August 2003 Florida's public pension fund, the State Board of Administration (SBA), announced a $300 million settlement from Ch…

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In August 2003 Florida's public pension fund, the State Board of Administration (SBA), announced a $300 million settlement from Chrysler for non-accounting securities fraud litigation. The SBA was a Lead Plaintiff with several other public pension funds in a class action lawsuit filed against Chrysler AG, Daimler-Benz AG and two of Chrysler's top executives. The suit was initiated by the SBA and other pension funds in dispute of "merger of equals" claims made when Daimler-Benz and Chrysler combined the companies in a $36 billion deal in 1998. The SBA and other plaintiffs asserted that by positioning the deal not as an acquisition but as a "merger of equals," Daimler-Benz acted in bad faith and misrepresented the nature of the combination. In an acquisition, Chrysler stock would have yielded a premium price to shareholders. The settlement includes Chrysler's denial that it committed any legal violation.

-- Delaware Law Weekly, 08/27/2003

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In February 2003, a class action suit was filed against a Chrysler's susidiary on behalf of six black purchasers of Chrysler in t…

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In February 2003, a class action suit was filed against a Chrysler's susidiary on behalf of six black purchasers of Chrysler in the U.S. District Court in Illinois. Accusing the company of denying credit to customers in the Chicago area based on race, the suit claimed that the company repossessed vehicles of customers living in predominantly black neighborhoods without justification or proper notification. According to the claims of the suit, “Chrysler management systematically and intentionally denied low-interest vehicle financing to creditworthy blacks in two Chicago neighborhoods, based on the neighborhood in which they lived and the dealership they selected to purchase the car.”

-- PR Newswire, 02/03/2003

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In October 2001 the European Union fined Chrysler $65.5 million for violating competition rules by restricting sales of its Merced…

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In October 2001 the European Union fined Chrysler $65.5 million for violating competition rules by restricting sales of its Mercedes cars in Europe. The European Union's Competition Commissioner said that German-based Chrysler violated competition rules for years by instructing German dealers to make foreigners, but not Germans, pay a 15 percent deposit; limiting sales of cars to leasing companies in Germany and Spain, and participating in a price-fixing agreement in Belgium.

-- Chicago Tribune, 10/11/2001

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In June 2001 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit claiming Chrysler violated the Americans with Dis…

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In June 2001 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit claiming Chrysler violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not hiring a disabled mechanic at its Detroit Axle Plant.

-- Associated Press, 06/06/2001

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In March 2001, Chrysler was accused of "lemon laundering" after it was disclosed that the company bought back defective vehicles a…

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In March 2001, Chrysler was accused of "lemon laundering" after it was disclosed that the company bought back defective vehicles and re-sold them to consumers. The advocacy group Safety Forum said that Chrysler spent over 1 billion dollars since 1993 to buy back 50,000 chronically defective vehicles, many of which were re-sold to dealers.

-- Institute for Global Ethics, 03/26/2001

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Health and Safety

Chrysler has been criticized for failing to warn customers about the potential threat that car passenger-safety air bags posed to …

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Chrysler has been criticized for failing to warn customers about the potential threat that car passenger-safety air bags posed to children and petite women. Air bags were patented in the 1950s, but industry concern about their danger and potential liabilities kept them out of cars for decades. Air bags were introduced and marketed in the late 1980s, but nothing was initially said of their potential dangers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, as of May 1, 1999, air bags had killed 76 children and saved none. There is now a warning label in cars containing air bags.

-- Mother Jones, 06/14/1999

Source URL: www.motherjones.com/mustreads/061499.html


Labor

In January of 2006, Chrysler announced layoffs of 6,000 employees to take place in March of that year, including 20 percent of gen…

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In January of 2006, Chrysler announced layoffs of 6,000 employees to take place in March of that year, including 20 percent of general and administrative staff and 30 percent of management. Said Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler's Chairman of the Board, "Our objective in taking these actions is to create a lean, agile structure, with streamlined and stable processes that will unleash Chrysler's full potential."

-- Brandweek, 01/24/2006

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Human Rights

After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western com…

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After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western companies heard in New York district court. The Khulumani Group originally brought suit in the name of thousands of survivors and victims of the South African apartheid regime, claiming in 2002 that not only had the accused companies profited from the apartheid system, but had been directly involved in propping up the regime. The New York circuit court of appeal overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed the case, meaning that some of the most profitable companies in the world will have to confront allegations that they have been complicit in horrendous violations of human rights. Among the defendants are banking powerhouses Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, automakers Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, oil companies BP, ExxonMobil, Shell Petroleum, Chevron and finally, technology giant IBM.

-- Khulumani Support Group, 10/13/2007

Source URL: www.khulumani.net/content/view/1637/23/


Ethics and Governance

In 2002, PETA declared an action alert against Chrysler, urging the public to send letters to the company’s CEO, condemning the us…

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In 2002, PETA declared an action alert against Chrysler, urging the public to send letters to the company’s CEO, condemning the use of leather its luxury cars. PETA has condemned the unnecessary torture to which cows raised for leather are subjected: “Most of the millions of animals slaughtered for their skin are made to endure the horrors of factory farming—overcrowding, deprivation, unanesthetized castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning. At the end of their miserable lives, they have their throats slit, are hung upside-down, and are bled to death.

-- PETA, 01/01/2002

Source URL: www.peta.org