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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
262,591 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
309,674 supporters
Victory
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 PlasticOceans.org, 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
169,051 supporters
Victory
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
152,427 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)   http://www.lefigaro.fr/medias/2017/02/10/20004-20170210ARTFIG00013-au-japon-l-un-des-principaux-quotidiens-peut-se-transformer-en-fleur.php 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
143,708 supporters
Petitioning Chick-Fil-A, Whataburger, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Bell, Panda Express, McDonald's

Stop including single use plastic cutlery in every fast food take out bag.

Hundreds of take-out fast food restaurants across the country include single use plastic cutlery in a plastic bag with out the customer requesting they even need it for their meal. How many times have you taken the take-out home and use your own utensils and the plastic cutlery just gets thrown in a drawer, recycled or thrown in the trash if recycling isn't accessible?  A 2015 study by Ocean Conservancy scientists and partners found that plastic cutlery are among the most dangerous to ocean animals such as seabirds and turtles, especially as they break up into smaller microplastics. Single-use utensils can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Most plastic utensils are made of polystyrene, which can release toxic chemicals when heated. This petition is to create a law that would ban including single use plastic cutlery in all take out bags unless requested by the customer. This would help reduce the plastic waste as well as saving take out restaurants thousands of dollars in supply costs.  Some estimates put the number of individual plastic utensils wasted at 40 billion per year in the United States alone. The ultimate goal is to ban single use plastic completely but this would be the first step to banning unnecessary plastic waste.  At each take out and fast food restaurant, there would be a sign saying "plastic cutlery not included in order and is by request only. Re-usable bamboo, wood or metal cutlery is recommended to help reduce plastic waste." Ideally, restaurants will start using biodegradable cutlery and/or sell bamboo cutlery kits to encourage customers to bring their own each time they eat a meal at a restaurant. This is a win win for restaurants, customers and the environment.

Ocean Lifeline
84,465 supporters
Victory
Petitioning McDonald's

McDonald's: Stop using packaging that contaminates drinking water!

My name is Brenda Hampton and I live in Lawrence County, Alabama. The drinking water in my community is contaminated with toxic chemicals called PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).  Our drinking water intake valve is located downstream from numerous industrial plants that release these chemicals and one of them is even making PFAS for food packaging. And in 2016, our local water authority told us not to drink the water because it had tested with extremely high levels of these chemicals.  My neighbors and I have been drinking and cooking with bottled water ever since. But members of the community have been drinking poisoned water for decades. And now, my community is experiencing health problems that we're concerned may be due to PFAS exposure. My own mother, not a smoker or a drinker, experienced renal failure. So I gave her my left kidney to keep her alive. And then later, I developed kidney problems, too. Our community had an 8-year-old with breast cancer and a 17-year-old with prostate cancer. One baby was born with a liver tumor that was 20% of his body weight.  Sadly, we are not alone. Today, millions of U.S. residents are drinking PFAS-contaminated water. No community should go through what we have suffered. Scientists have linked PFAS chemicals to devastating health problems from cancer to kidney problems to immune suppression. Especially now, the ability of PFAS to weaken immune systems could mean that we are more vulnerable to Covid-19 and its complications.   As a grandma, this worries me to no end. What does this have to do with McDonald’s? Recent lab testing found the presence of fluorine on a McDonald’s Big Mac box, fry bag, and cookie bag. These results suggest that these food packaging items are all treated with PFAS chemicals and made national headlines in CNN and other major outlets. Companies use PFAS to make paper grease-resistant—they put very long-lasting, toxic chemicals on paper that people will only use for a few minutes.  McDonald’s is serving millions of people a day. How many of those people are eating from packaging that could be poisoning someone’s drinking water? One of the plants that poisoned the water in my community, owned by a company called Daikin, actually makes these chemicals for food packaging. We don’t know if this plant makes chemicals for McDonald’s packaging—but it doesn’t matter. These chemicals have no place in my community, and they have no place in McDonald’s packaging. As the largest fast-food chain in the world, McDonald’s is driving demand for these chemicals. And they have the power to make a change. McDonald’s has the opportunity to be a leader. If they stop using these chemicals, it can help affect the packaging used by the whole fast-food industry. Safer alternatives are available and in fact, many of the items tested from McDonald’s were PFAS-free. They just have to make a policy to use only PFAS-free packaging.  Until big corporations stop manufacturing these chemicals and the government bans PFAS, more and more people will have their drinking water contaminated just like we have. Enough is enough! Will you help me send a message to the CEO of McDonald’s? Tell him to stop using packaging that can contaminate our food and drinking water. Clean, safe food and water is a right, not a privilege. 

Brenda Hampton and Mind the Store
75,008 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's, KFC, Burger King UK, Taco Bell, George Eustice MP

Fast food restaurants to print vehicle reg on takeaway packaging to discourage littering.

The recent break in fast food companies business has given us time to be able to start to clean up the streets once littered with empty McDonald’s bags, KFC boxes and other takeaway restaurant litter. KFC has been back open merely a couple of days and already pictures of carelessly discarded boxes are circulating on the internet. Let’s not slip back to where we were in terms of litter before the Covid lockdown. Let’s make compulsory that all drive through restaurants, who sell takeaway food, have to print the purchasers vehicle registration onto their bags or boxes. This will make it much easier to trace the litter back to the purchaser and result in a fine or preferably litter picking duties. I am proposing the idea of 3-4 stickers around the size of the bottom of the restaurants cup, printed with date/time and car registration, placed onto the bottom of the bags, cups and boxes to make it difficult for repeat litterers to remove their details without spilling the remaining contents into their cars/vans. The restaurants CCTV will back up this evidence with pictures of the driver and vehicle to provide solid evidence that they were the purchaser of said litter. The fine or community hours need to be big enough to cover costs of enforcement officers investigation times, resulting in nobody "slipping the net". If we can reach 100,000 signatures I can show clear public interest and go straight to the Secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and demand change. As this could result in a fine for the offenders this will make it much more appealing to the government to pass as law and thus resulting in a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy.  please help your local and national environment by merely signing this petition and sharing on social media platforms and as many large groups as you can, making a small but very needed step in the right direction. Thank you good citizens. 

James Youel
55,422 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
54,277 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
51,691 supporters