- President and CEO, Walmart International
- President and CEO, Walmart International
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.
What the Fork Are You Doing With Your Produce, Walmart?
Despite living in the richest country in the world, 48 million Americans still don’t know where their next meal will come from. That means a staggering 19 percent of households with children are food insecure. 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 and with the support of more than 111,000 signers, we were successful in petitioning Whole Foods Market to sell ugly produce. Now we are asking you to call on Walmart to join the movement against food waste by agreeing to sell cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. We want Walmart to combat food waste by marketing ugly produce with an educational and fun campaign like the French supermarket giant Intermarche did with its “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables Campaign.” Stores in Europe, Australia, and Canada have seen success 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 completed a successful pilot selling ugly produce, Giant Eagle has just started a pilot and Whole Foods will start one soon. With over 4,200 U.S. stores, we are asking Walmart, one of America’s largest retailers, to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and customers’ bottom line. Walmart can help out its customers who cannot afford as much as they used to and their employees who are offered such low wages that they depend on food stamps. 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 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
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
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
Tell Walmart to stop this cage-free hypocrisy!
Living in New York can be expensive; so finding good deals and stretching each dollar is very important. That is why I frequently shop at Walmart both here, and when I visit my family in Mexico. Shockingly, when shopping back home in Mexico at Walmart, I learned that Walmart has different standards for food safety and how animals should be treated. Like the vast majority of consumers in the US and throughout Mexico, my family takes animal welfare seriously. This is why my family and I were shocked to learn that Walmart refuses to end its support of cruel cage farms in Mexico despite already committing to going 100% cage-free in the United States! Walmart locations in Mexico are clearly held to a substandard and this not acceptable. Major restaurants, retailers, distributors and egg suppliers are making the transition to cage-free due to an outpour from consumers demanding these important changes for animals. Even McDonald’s, Burger King, and Grupo Bimbo have committed to going 100% cage-free in Mexico. So why does Walmart think that nobody will catch wind of its continued support of caging animals in this changing climate? As it stands today, Walmart is showing its apparent true colors: Food standards in Mexico are not as important as food standards in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. I ask both my Mexican and American friends -- please sign my petition to plead for equal food standards in both United States and Mexico.
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
Ask Major Supermarkets for Healthier Options at Checkout
It’s no accident that nearly all supermarkets in America sell candy and soda in their checkout lanes. Placing junk food near the cash register is a marketing strategy that supermarkets use to boost sales. Not only do supermarkets benefit from the sale of junk food at checkout, but they’ve found a way to make even more money by “renting” out space in their checkout aisles to food companies that pay to have their products there. Supermarkets should support shoppers’ health, not undermine it. Join us in asking Walmart, Kroger, and other major supermarkets to do right by their customers and remove junk food from checkout.
Let Walmart employees have Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Off
Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of America’s most cherished family holidays -- a day to spend with friends, family, and loved ones. But, in pursuit of the almighty dollar, some retailers open their stores on Thanksgiving and Christmas, forcing many of their employees to work. We know that companies can support their bottom line without sacrificing their employees’ well being. Many chain stores do well and are NOT open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. For Example Sam's Club owned and operated by Walmart is closed on Black Friday this year 2017. as a Loyal Walmart associate of almost 3 years I believe retail workers at big box stores deserve a day to spend with family. Please urge Walmart, to put people over profits and refuse to open their doors on Thanksgiving the 24th of November and Christmas, December 24 and 25. and instead let employees have some time away from the frantic shopping season to spend with their children, partners and loved ones. I personally believe that employees who who are less stressed at work due to the holidays in turn have better customer service and then that should make happier customers and repeat customers. Sam Walton Said "The Customer Comes First' As someone who cares about family and community, I urge you to give your employees the day off on Thanksgiving and Christmas Walmart made in fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion Walmart made in fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Thank you,Adam Farris https://goo.gl/VxpNWn www.adamfarris.net
Walmart, Donate damaged pet food to shelters
When I think of how many people work so diligently to support fundraising efforts for shelter animals, what I learned recently makes me sad. Several days ago, my daughter and I were shopping at a local Walmart and in the pet section, there was a 50 lb. bag of dog food broken open and some of its contents was scattered across the floor. There was a lady attempting to navigate her shopping cart around the spill, so we looked around for a sales associate to assist. The next part is what was so discouraging. The sales associate told us it happens all the time, due to the questionable quality of the bags the animal food arrives in, and that this was the third such spill that had been handled that week alone. When we asked what would become of the remainder still in the bag and usable- and whether it could be donated to local shelters as a tax credit for the Walmart corporation, we were told the following: Walmart would rather toss the food in a dumpster because getting a refund from the manufacturer was more important than tax deduction donations where it is so desperately needed. 150 pounds of dog food in one week in ONE Walmart storeand it all went to the landfill. There are currently 3,522 Supercenter Walmart stores in the US alone. Even if only ONE 50 lb. bag of DOG food was damaged and discarded in each of these stores per YEAR, it comes to 176,100 lbs of deplorable WASTE. How much gets thrown away worldwide? You do the math and tell me whats wrong with this equation.
Keep Caruthersville, Pemiscot County Walmart Open
We are a small town who relies on our local Walmart. Shutting this store down will put many good people out of jobs and our citizens out of their needs. Not everyone here is able or can not afford to make a drive to the next closest store (20+ miles away each direction) and even the ones being relocated at different stores may not be able to make that drive. There are so many disabled and eldery people who just cant get to the next town. When the weather gets bad, not everyone can get to Kennett, Dyersburg, Sikeston, or Blytheville to get the neccesary items we need in case of long power outages or severe weather. Having one so close is a necessity for our community! While we do have local Dollar General's and a Fred's, there are many things that are more in budget and only found at Walmart. Closing this store will take a toll on our little community. Walmart is a great asset towards our county and local taxes, it's where we go to buy our kids school uniforms, it has a pharmacy open daily and has later hours to accommodate everyone, it's where we go for projects and gifts for all holidays. We are Bootheel strong, let's work together to get this signed by as many people as we can and get to the right people so that we may keep our local Walmart!