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Petitioning McDonald's, Steve Easterbrook, Chris Kempczinski, Lucy Brady, Robert Gibbs, Francesca DeBiase

Stop Torturing Chickens for McNuggets

The hidden ingredient in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is brutal animal cruelty. That’s the finding of a 2015 Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier—Tyson Foods—that exposed horrific animal abuse, including: Birds painfully beaten, stabbed, and impaled on makeshift clubs spiked with nails and then thrown into buckets to slowly die Factory farm owners stepping on the heads of live chickens and then pulling their wings or bodies to break their necks Chickens bred to grow so fast they became crippled under their own weight and frequently died from organ failure Hundreds of thousands of birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds forced to live for weeks in their own waste After six short weeks, the surviving birds are grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and violently slammed into transport crates—often suffering broken bones in the process—and trucked to slaughter.   This isn’t the first time Tyson has been caught red-handed torturing chickens. Earlier in 2015, MFA released another undercover investigation showing chickens at a Tyson contract farm in Delaware being thrown and kicked by workers and chickens with severe injuries and disease denied access to food, water, and proper veterinary care. Due to its lack of meaningful animal welfare policies and oversight, McDonald’s has allowed a culture of cruelty and neglect to fester at its supplier farms. This blatant animal abuse must stop. Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on McDonald’s to stop torturing animals for its Chicken McNuggets.    Thank you.

Mercy For Animals
261,018 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Tell McDonald's: Do Better For Chickens

My two kids love McDonald’s. They especially love the chicken nuggets. As a busy mom, sometimes I need a fast, convenient meal…but I don’t want to compromise on my family’s values. I was pleased to see that McDonald’s committed to 100% cage-free eggs, and that they recently reduced the calories in their Happy Meals. But I was shocked and upset to learn that when it comes to the treatment of chickens raised for their menu items, McDonald’s is lagging behind. Please join me in asking McDonald’s to stop using chickens who are bred to suffer. Chickens on factory farms are bred to grow so big, so fast, that they often collapse under their own weight. Many live in constant pain, and they are vulnerable to broken legs and heart attacks. These smart and social birds spend their entire lives in crowded, dimly-lit sheds without even a perch to rest on. Restaurants like Subway, Burger King, Sonic, and many more have already committed to criteria that reduce the suffering of chickens. They are switching to healthier breeds and giving chickens more room to roam. If all of these other companies can do it, why can’t McDonald’s? McDonald’s actually had the chance to do better for chickens in their latest animal welfare policy. They chose not to. Please sign my petition to tell McDonald’s that we don’t need empty promises. We need real change. I have learned a lot about how animals raised for food are mistreated, and I am deeply saddened by the harsh realities they face. But I still have hope, because I believe that big companies have the power to do the right thing and change things for the better. As someone who cares about social justice issues, I want to show my children that they really can do something positive in the world. This could be a rare win at a time when our communities are facing so many complex—and often overwhelming—challenges. I know we can create a kinder, more compassionate world if we raise our voices together. That’s why I’m asking McDonald’s to step up. Not just for my family—but for the millions of living beings who are suffering right now. If you agree that McDonald’s should do better for chickens, please sign and share my petition today.

ShaRhonda Dawson
306,794 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.

Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,278 supporters
Petitioning Scott D. Shellenberger

Demand that the employees on duty at McDonald's be held responsible in the beating of a trans woman

After an unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald's, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. It's time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald's employee involved in this brutal hate crime be held accountable. The April 18 assault took place at a McDonald’s location in the 6300 block of  Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, charges are still pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators. Not surprisingly, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished. This is not enough! If McDonald's employees stood by and encouraged this attack, they should be fired. Please sign this petition in hopes that justice can and will prevail for this transgender woman. Also please contact the Maryland States Attorney's Office --  Violent Crimes Division at 410-887-6610 and express your concerns about this matter.

Adrian Leigh
152,830 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Zéro déchet au McDo !

Je m'appelle Marine, j'ai 24 ans. Comme beaucoup de personnes de mon âge, il m'arrive de manger au fast food. Je ne les fréquentais plus depuis quelques temps. Je les trouvais trop gras, calorique et je ne trouvais pas toujours une option végétarienne. Mais il y a quelques semaines, pour faire plaisir à des collègues, je les ai accompagné à McDonald's. Cela fait plusieurs années que je suis dans une démarche écologique. J'ai remis en question mon mode de vie, changé mes habitudes en vue d'un monde meilleur. Et une fois au fast food, j'ai été consterné de voir nos plateaux débordant d'emballages. Comme si tous les petits efforts du quotidien était jetés (et en plus, dans la mauvaise poubelle). L'idée m'est venue : on aurait tout à gagner en faisant passer les fast food en mode zéro déchet. J'ai émis l'idée à mes collègues, puis mon entourage, et quand j'ai vu que même mon oncle que j'imaginais réfractaire était convaincu, je me suis dit qu'il y a quelque chose à faire et sans attendre.Commençons par faire abstraction du grand nombre d'autres revendications que nous pouvons soumettre à McDonald's, et concentrons nous, pour cette pétition, sur un sujet précis : les déchets qu'il génère. Le décret du 10 mars 2016 exige des fast-food (entre autre) de trier leurs déchets. En 2017 une étude de Zero Waste démontrait que 96% des fast food n'appliquaient pas ce décret. Un pourcentage d'autant plus alarmant quand on estime que McDonald's produit à lui seul 1kg de déchet par seconde ! (Je vous laisse le temps de réfléchir à combien de temps la nature à mis à produire les ressources nécessaires à la fabrication de ces dits déchets...) Aux dernières nouvelles, le seul engagement pris par McDo' en ce début 2019, est de supprimer les pailles. Un bien maigre effort à la vue de l'ampleur du problème. Je propose que McDonald's se mette en route vers le zéro déchet. Plusieurs possibilités s'offrent à lui : utiliser de la vaisselle (comme dans la restauration classique), reconsidérer les emballages vers des réutilisables, les consigner, ou opter pour des emballages biodégradables (avec pourquoi pas des graines à l'intérieur comme ces journaux japonais) En signant cette pétition, on encourage une entreprise qui a une influence mondiale à prendre un chemin plus 'green'. Ce premier pas pourrait avoir un impact assez important pour faire la différence sur le long terme et inciter les autres fast food à suivre le mouvement !

Marine LAC
143,392 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Призываем компанию McDonald's разрешить использование многоразовой посуды в ресторанах

Рестораны сети питания McDonalds в России запрещают использование многоразовой посуды, принесенной клиентом, вместо фирменных "бумажных" стаканчиков.  Бумажные стаканчики - один из самых проблемных упаковочных продуктов нашего времени. Изготавливаемые сотнями тысяч, они наносят непоправимый ущерб окружающей среде: бумажная основа стаканчиков покрыта слоем пластиковой пленки, которая препятствует свободному разложению бумаги и, кроме того,  быстро переходит в стадию микропластика. Стаканчики не подлежат переработке, их не используют вторично. Многие рестораны и кафе приветственно реагируют на пожелание клиентов налить напиток в свою тару и даже предлагают скидку "за экологичное поведение". В сети McDonalds это запрещено в России, хотя в других европейских странах такая возможность есть. Учитывая то, какое количество клиентов у компании, столь безответственное отношение к проблемам окружающей среды оказывается недопустимым.

Екатерина Смоленская
53,793 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Replace plastic straws!

500 million straws are thrown away each day, just in the US alone, continually ending up in our oceans and on the recreational beaches. Some people say that they do not contribute to this pollution because they do not dump their plastic into the ocean. Although you may not directly dump your plastic straws right into the ocean, your plastic waste does end up in the ocean when your plastic gets to the landfill. This constant dumping of plastic into our waterways is rapidly depleting the aquatic life in oceans. By the year of 2050, there is expected to be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean, according to Ellen MacArthur (a retired sailor & founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation). Plastic straws contain BPA (Bisphenol A), which is an industrial chemical that is colorless, and poorly soluble in water. When the fish are exposed to the toxins, they acquire them, then we eat the fish, taking in a much higher and stronger concentration of BPA via bio magnification. Aside from the dangers that this plastic poses to humans, the effects they have on aquatic life is detrimental. The straws are ingested by different species of sea life that then suffocate on the straws and killing the animals. Fish in the North Pacific Ocean alone ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Currently, McDonald's is trying to change their ways. The sheer size of their company, 36,899 restaurants worldwide, puts a barrier between even making small changes in their policies like straws. That is no excuse. They can simply reduce the amount of straws that are given out. Not giving out straws and lids to the cups for the drive through will cause a major reduction in their plastic wastes. Straws and lids are not needed when dining in, so why not ban the use of them? McDonald's is one of the leading distributors of papers straws around the globe. McDonald's is striving to better their ways and to become more eco-friendly. The McDonald's in the UK are already banning the use of plastic straws in their 1,300 restaurants, which would reduce the 8.5 billion single-use straws that are used across the U.K. each year. Moving into the use of paper straws would create a huge difference because they require 68% fewer fossil fuel resources to produce than traditional plastic. Also, they would be able to decompose rather than proposing a threat to our environment, such as going into the noses of turtles and the guts of fish. Overall, these companies can make a difference and together we can work to change the old ways and help preserve our beautiful ecosystems. If we continue to use plastic straws and throw them away, this is what we are going to have to do to every animal that comes into contact with plastic straws. Please sign this petition and join our journey so we can get rid of plastic straws!

Jacob Perillo
51,167 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Burger King und McDonald's: Hört auf Plastikspielzeug in „Happy Meals“ zu verkaufen!

English Wir sind Ella und Caitlin, sind 9 und 7 Jahre alt und kommen aus Großbritannien. Wir haben in der Schule alles über die Umwelt und das Problem mit Plastik gelernt. Es macht uns unglaublich traurig zu sehen, wie Plastik der Tierwelt schadet und das Meer verschmutzt. Das wollen wir ändern. Deshalb wollen wir, dass Burger King und McDonald's an die Umwelt denken und aufhören Plastikspielzeug in „Happy Meals“ an Kinder zu verkaufen. Wir gehen gerne bei Burger King und McDonald's essen, aber mit den Plastikspielzeugen die wir Kinder dort bekommen, spielen wir meistens nicht länger als fünf Minuten, bevor sie weggeworfen werden, unsere Meere verschmutzen und unsere Tierwelt aussterben lassen. Wir wollen, dass in Zukunft alle Spielzeuge bei Mc Donalds und Burger King nur noch nachhaltig sind, damit wir so unseren Planeten für unsere Zukunft und die nächsten Generationen schützen können. Nachdem wir in der Schule so viel über Umwelt und Umweltverschmutzung gelernt haben, wollen wir alles tun, um zu helfen. Wir haben Poster für die Rettung unseres Planeten überall an den Fenstern in unserem Haus verteilt und wir versuchen, so viel wie möglich zu recyceln. Aber wir wollen mehr als das tun, und deshalb haben wir diese Petition gestartet. Es reicht nicht aus, recycelbares Plastikspielzeug herzustellen - große, reiche Unternehmen sollten überhaupt kein Spielzeug aus Plastik mehr herstellen! Bitte helft uns Burger King und McDonald's dazu zu bringen, uns zuzuhören, indem ihr unsere Petition zur Rettung der Umwelt unterschreibt. Ella (9) und Caitlin (7)

Rachael Wood
564,852 supporters