- 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
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!
Replace Single-Use Plastic Bags with Reusable Bags in Wal-Mart Stores
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences stated: "The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." It's true that plastic bags are made from crude oil, a fossil fuel. In the process of making, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is emitted into the atmosphere. According to The Wall Street Journal it is estimated that the U.S. uses around 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year. Only a fraction of those are being recycled. Plastic bags either wind up in landfills, urban landscapes, natural parks, trees, rivers, lakes, or in ocean garbage patches. Landfills are the 3rd-largest human contributer to methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas and is noted, by the EPA, to absorb 25 times or more energy than carbon dioxide. Landfills are approximately 90-98% methane and carbon dioxide.In landfills, they not only add to the emissions of methane and carbon dioxide, but they add to ground water pollution. The leachates, the toxic liquid, that seeps into the ground, may and do reach our fresh waterways. Once in our fresh waterways, the leachates, may and do make their way into our homes & drinking water. Plastic bags in urban and natural environments harm wildlife and are far from aesthetically pleasing. In urban areas, pigeons and other birds mistake them for food. In our waters, they break down into finer, sometimes microscopic pieces, where fish naturally take them as food. This can damage health or kill aquatic life. Not only that, but we eat some of those fish, which means tiny pieces of plastic can end back up in our bodies. It is estimated that around 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic, is dumped in the ocean each year. We are caretakers of Earth, and there truly is no other way. We need to work to create a community and a nation and a human society that is sustainable, moving toward harmony with the Earth. This is so that we, and our great grandchildren, may live. If we don't work toward this, we may have to struggle to live on Earth! If we don't take action, we will soon learn what it means to live with a future of rising temperatures, rising sea levels, pollution in our groundwater, pollution in our air, and massive loss in biodiversity. After the banning of single-use plastic bags. Replace them by selling reusable bags for $1.00. They are made from recycled plastic, or from different material. One, two, or three reusable bags per person will have far less negative impact with regard to climate change because they will last weeks, if not months, if not a year! And they will far less likely be polluted into our environments because plastic bags fly with the wind. They are also very convenient to carry and can carry heavy grocery loads. Please, with our urgent wishes, grant this into action, for the sake of our human health and health of the planet.
Tell Wal-Mart to end their live fish sales
Wal-Mart should halt the sale of live fish in it's stores. These fish are often seen floating dead in their tanks and bettas (Siamese fighting fish) are left in tiny cups of water that are rarely cleaned (to potentially suffer, starve and die). Wal-Mart should immediately discontinue this outdated and unnecessary practice and cease contributing to the cruel trade of animals for profit.