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Doug McMillon

  • President and CEO, Walmart International

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Petitioning Walmart

Tell Walmart to Stop Torturing Mother Pigs. Sign Joaquin Phoenix's petition!

Hi, I'm Joaquin Phoenix, and I need your help with a very serious issue: ending the sickening abuse mother pigs endure at Walmart pork supplier factory farms. Please sign my petition asking Walmart to phase out inherently cruel gestation crates within its pork supply chain. If you’ve ever met a pig, you know they are extremely intelligent and friendly animals much like the dogs or cats we all know and love. In fact, pigs are widely considered one of the smartest animals on the planet. Unfortunately, right now, millions of these smart and social animals are crammed inside restrictive “gestation crates” and forced to live nearly their entire lives in abject misery and deprivation at Walmart pork suppliers nationwide. Gestation crates are something straight out of a horror movie. The crates are made of steel and concrete and are just barely larger than the pigs’ own bodies. Isolated and nearly immobilized in such small crates, these sensitive animals are unable to even walk, turn around, or lie down comfortably, let alone play, explore, or engage in other natural behaviors that make life worth living. Locked inside these tiny torture chambers, pregnant pigs can only languish in their own misery as the years slowly pass by. These curious animals lose their minds from boredom and stress. They often also suffer painful pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their cages and crippling joint problems as their muscles waste away from lack of use. If Walmart executives did this to even one dog or cat instead of millions of pigs, they would be thrown in jail. Even more upsetting is that Walmart stands obstinately behind the times in its continued support of these inherently cruel gestation crates. In just the last few years, nearly every other major food provider in the country, including Target, Kmart, Kroger, Safeway, and Costco, have committed to ridding their pork supply chains of gestation crates. But not Walmart. Walmart's continued support of gestation crates is absolutely unacceptable. With your help, I think we can change that. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Walmart to do the right thing and stop letting its pork suppliers get away with torturing animals. Tell Walmart to phase out cruel gestation crates in its supply chain. Thank you.

Joaquin Phoenix and Mercy For Animals
302,387 supporters
Petitioning Doug McMillon, Walmart

Stop the sale of guns at Walmart stores

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019: 2 people were murdered at Walmart #0848 in Southaven, Mississippi.  Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: 22 people were murdered at Walmart #2201 in El Paso, Texas. In light of these recent tragedies -- a mere snapshot of the gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States -- and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we as employees are organizing several days of action, to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of firearms and ammunition. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first; we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. In 2015, Walmart removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Nonetheless, Walmart remains one of the largest retailers of firearms in the United States, and there is a direct correlation between the number/availability of guns and the amount of mass shootings per capita. Yes, we have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place that we can all be proud of. As associates, we can and must leverage our power and ability to change our company for the better. We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons. We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at walmartwalkout@gmail.com

Walmart Walkout
169,548 supporters
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Petitioning Walmart

Speak Out Against Walmart's Cruelty to Pigs

Do you think it’s acceptable to cram an animal into a crate so small she can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, run, play, or engage in other basic behaviors? Walmart does. In fact, the pork sold at Walmart comes from factory farms where pregnant pigs spend nearly their entire lives locked in narrow, metal gestation crates—cages barely larger than their own bodies. How do I know? Because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals, and for more than two months I worked undercover at Christensen Farms, a factory farm that supplies pork to Walmart. The misery and abuse that I witnessed at this factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life. Thousands of pregnant pigs were confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies. These pigs could not turn around. They could not walk. They could not even lie down comfortably. I saw pigs with open wounds and bloody pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their metal cages or lying on hard concrete. Pigs would constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration. These intelligent and social animals would go insane from boredom and stress. While all of the abuses I witnessed at Christensen Farms were horrific, the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs is perhaps the cruelest factory farming practice in the world. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine US states, as well as in the entire European Union. Recognizing their inherent cruelty, major food providers, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle, and major grocery retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Kmart, Costco and Whole Foods, have all started demanding their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. But Walmart continue to support blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates. I am asking that you help the pigs whose suffering I witnessed, as well as the millions of others across the nation who are subjected to similar abuses. Please take a moment to sign my petition urging Walmart to do the right thing and demand their pork suppliers stop confining pigs in cruel gestation crates. Thank you. “John” Undercover Investigator

Mercy For Animals
639,150 supporters
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Petitioning Doug McMillon

Stop contributing to massive food waste in the US

What the Fork Are You Doing With Your Produce, Walmart and Whole Foods?   In 2013, a staggering 17.5 million households faced hunger. Part of the problem is the prohibitively high price of produce. Many low income American families simply can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet, we throw away nearly 26% of all produce before it even reaches the grocery store due mostly to cosmetic standards from large grocers that dictate exactly how fruits and veggies should look. If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color, retailers deem it "ugly" and refuse to sell it in their stores. Billions of pounds of good, healthy produce goes uneaten because it’s not pretty! But this food is perfectly edible. Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? and co-starter of this petition, confirms that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, in fact, smaller produce can actually have more taste! I’m Jordan Figueiredo, a solid waste specialist, and founder of UglyFruitandVeg.org. Together with Stefanie Sacks, we are asking you to call on Whole Foods and Walmart to help stop massive food waste by agreeing to sell cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. We want Walmart and Whole Foods to combat food waste by marketing ugly produce as they do traditional produce using a fun campaign like the French supermarket giant Intermarche did with its “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables Campaign.” Stores in Europe, Australia, and Canada have started selling not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. In the U.S. Raley's has also started a pilot selling ugly produce. We are asking two of America’s largest retailers to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and customers’ bottom line. This is truly low-hanging fruit in terms of its environmental and social benefits. One out of six Americans is food insecure, and more than four out of five is produce-deficient. With statistics like this, it is simply irresponsible to encourage waste of good, healthy and perfectly edible food. Join the “ugly fruit and veg revolution” and let’s ask Walmart and Whole Foods to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add the “uglies” to their store aisles so you can save money, fight hunger and help the environment all in one. The solution might look ugly, but the result will be something beautiful. #WhatTheFork

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
110,557 supporters
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Petitioning Doug McMillon, Walmart

Stop Walmart From Promoting Fake Service Dogs

Walmart has started selling service dog jackets and ID registration cards. This is affecting every disabled person with a legitimate task trained service dog. It puts our lives more at risk. ADA Federal Law, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 specifically says that some organizations sell fraudulent registration cards and that they are scams because they hold no legal authority and do not make a dog a service dog.   Extensive training makes a dog a service dog. The fake service dog trend is getting out of control. And Walmart is promoting this for money.  Why do the 500,000 disabled people in the US who own service animals have to worry more about going to Walmart and having our $20,000 dogs attacked by pets in the store. That’s 500,000 service dogs lives and safety on the line. Task trained service dogs save our lives. Mine is for cardiac alert. We encounter pets in Walmart all the time. And Walmart never wants to help. Even when dogs are actively barking and lunging trying to attack. Instead of making things better and properly educating employees, they are creating a bigger problem by selling these products.  Walmart is not the only one adding to the problem. There’s many online stores and websites that also promote this.  Our biggest problem is the uneducated general public. But Walmart is by far the worst place to go with a Service Dog. I shouldn’t have to accept the fact that my Medical Alert Service Dog WILL be attacked at some point. The Fake service dog trend is so out of control that it will happen. And it won’t be just me and my dog. Many service animals have already been attacked. And it’s only going to get worse unless we make a change now.      

Dominique Weems
55,655 supporters
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Petitioning Walmart

Tell Walmart to Stop Torturing Pigs

Hi. I am an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals. While working undercover at a Walmart pork supplier—Seaboard Foods in Colorado—I came to realize that the only meaningful difference between the pigs we eat and the dogs we love is how they are treated. Sadly, the way pigs are treated at Walmart pork suppliers is nothing short of criminal. I saw workers punching and violently beating pigs with heavy boards and cans in their faces and bodies. Often, the workers hit the animals and cursed at them for no reason other than just to be cruel. I saw stressed animals crammed in barren concrete pens, unable to move without climbing over other pigs. Many of them were so frustrated they spent hours biting the bars of their enclosures—a sign of serious mental collapse caused by lack of mental stimulation. While this kind of brutality and neglect is shocking, I know from other investigations that extreme cruelty and neglect run rampant at Walmart pork suppliers nationwide. I think the worst abuse these animals endure is immobilization in tiny gestation crates. They can’t even walk, turn around, or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. Imagine if Walmart executives treated even one dog or cat this way. Please, help me put a stop to this. Take a moment to sign my petition urging Walmart to immediately adopt new animal welfare requirements for its pork suppliers to prevent egregious animal abuse and to end the use of abusive gestation crates in its supply chain.   Thank you. “Josh” Undercover Investigator

Mercy For Animals
36,483 supporters
Petitioning Doug McMillon, Walmart

Get Walmart To Discontinue Single-Use Plastic Bags

"It's just one plastic bag." "It's just three plastic bags." Three million bags. In the United States, around three million single-use, plastic ticking time bombs pass through the hands of consumers. Every. Single. Day. That's 100 billion plastic bags every year. (according to the Earth Policy Institute) It's almost impossible to comprehend how much larger one billion is. One million seconds is 11 days. One billion seconds is 31 and a half years. There are an estimated 25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, 269,000 tons of which float on the surface, suffocating and entangling sea creatures. At this rate, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. We know we can't use single-use plastic bags. We also can't entirely switch to paper, since paper production kills trees that could be absorbing carbon dioxide, uses 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times the water pollutants.  But we can bring our own bags. We know this works. In Australia, two major retailers, David Jones and Myers, eliminated plastic bags in their stores and the plastic bag use of the country reduced by 80%. Similarly, Los Angeles County placed a ban on plastic bags with a charge on paper ones and their single-use bag usage decreased by 95%. This is why we need your help. It won't be an easy change, but for those who also shop at retailers like Costco and IKEA, we know it's possible to survive without plastic bags. Support us in getting Walmart, one of the biggest retailers in the world, to stop the use of single-use plastics and switch to a more sustainable solution.

Jocelyn Xu
31,036 supporters
Petitioning Tiktok , Oracle, Walmart, Doug McMillon, Kevin A. Mayer, Zhang yiming, Bytedance

Change TikTok's Community Guidelines Algorithm

The TikTok algorithm for their community guidelines targets and censors marginalized creators ( ie. that are BIPOC, LGBTQPIA+, and/or living with a disability, etc). My account @RosalynneMontoya with 300K+ followers was just deleted along with many many others. I use my social media to spread education and love. I've never violated TikTok's community guidelines. I had transphobic trolls report my educational videos about the trans community and my own transition until they were removed from TikTok. Trolls should not have more power than creators. The vast majority of every TikTok video that was reported and removed was placed back on the app after I appealed them, because no rules were broken. These instances shouldn't count against me. After a dozen or so of my videos and live streams were reported and removed by transphobic trolls (even if appealed and deemed to not violate CG), the violation reports added up enough to get my TikTok account with a third of a million followers deleted. This is a MAJOR FLAW. TikTok needs to update their community guidelines and algorithm. Too many creators are being deleted for nothing. I am including other people's stories in the updates of this petition. CONTACT ME TO ADD YOURS! We want transparency. We want real people reviewing profiles that were wrongfully deleted. This is blatant discrimination and censorship. Let's discuss how we can help make the app truly “prioritize safety, diversity, inclusion, and authenticity,” as stated in your community guidelines. Let's create accountability by, say, incorporating an advisory board with creators that are members of marginalized communities (BIPOC, LGBTQPIA+, people with disabilities, etc). 

Rosalynne Montoya
21,209 supporters