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Tim Hortons: Stop Supporting Farm Animal Cruelty
  • Petitioning Paul House

This petition will be delivered to:

CEO, Tim Hortons
Paul House

Tim Hortons: Stop Supporting Farm Animal Cruelty

    1. Leanne  McConnachie
    2. Petition by

      Leanne McConnachie

      Vancouver, Canada

UPDATE: We delivered over 45,000 signatures at the Tim Hortons AGM!

Thank you to all who signed!

Clearly Tim Hortons was listening, as the company made a ten minute presentation about animal welfare at the May 10th meeting, and fielded several shareholder statements encouraging the company to move beyond the commitments it made on May 4th.

After the AGM, CEO Paul House was quoted as saying “With the egg situation, it is an increased cost factor, but it’s a cost factor we can manage” stating they will work with their suppliers. “These issues are not going to go away”, he said.

He's right about that! With your help, we will continue to push for suitable CAGE-FREE housing for hens, NOT 'enriched' cages, and a clear timeline for phasing out both battery cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for sows from their supply chain.

Although the shareholder meeting has passed for this year, we will continue to collect more signatures to show Tim Hortons that farm animal welfare continues to be important issue to consumers everywhere. We will keep monitoring their progress, holding the company accountable, and hopefully present even more signatures next year!


Tim Hortons, Canada's largest restaurant chain, and a rapidly growing company in the United States, currently serves eggs and pork from farms that use battery cages and gestation crates -- extreme practices that treat chickens and pigs like machines -- and that other major fast food chains have already committed to abandon!

Battery caged chickens are so confined that they can't even spread their wings. Sows trapped in gestation crates, metal stalls so small they are unable to move, are continuously impregnated. And when chickens can no longer lay eggs or sows can't give birth, they're swiftly killed. 

The good news is that several fast food chains like Wendy's have already taken positive steps to phase out cages and crates. Just last month, Burger King announced that all its eggs will come from cage free chickens by 2017, and they are working on phasing out pork from sows kept in gestation crates.

After so many of their competitors have committed to doing the right thing, I can't believe Tim Hortons is still letting animals needlessly suffer. In several US states and across Europe, the use of battery cages and gestation crates has been banned. 

Join me and the Vancouver Humane Society and sign this petition today!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Tim Hortons is listening to us. Keep up the pressure!

      Leanne  McConnachie
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: This past Friday morning (May 4th), Tim Hortons announced that they would commit to sourcing 10% of their eggs from enriched hen housing systems by the end of 2013, and that they would work with suppliers to phase out gestation crates.

      While this is encouraging; it is not even close to what my campaign is asking for.

      Tim Hortons needs to set a clear timeline for phasing out gestation crates, like some pork processors and hog producers have done (e.g. Smithfields, Hormel, Maple Leaf Farms have set definitive percentage targets and deadlines) .

      Also, committing to 10% of eggs from enriched hen housing systems - basically, slightly larger cages - is not the same as going cage free.

      We will continue urging Tim Hortons to make a more significant commitment, particularly towards sourcing CAGE-FREE eggs, in the lead up to the Annual General Meeting this Thursday May 10th in Toronto.

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 13 hours ago

      Stop this cruelty now!

    • Scott Taylor INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 13 hours ago

      Animal Cruelty needs to end now!

    • izetta clark BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
      • 8 days ago


    • Sarah Thiemann LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 10 days ago

      There is a more human way to treat these animals...be creative and innovative...you'll get more positive response.

    • Diane Todd DELAWARE, OH
      • 12 days ago

      I will not patronize Tim Hortons as long as they are ignoring what they know to be abuse! Ridiculous. Animals are more important than your coffee or donuts anyway!


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