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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
276,973 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
169,430 supporters
Petitioning Burger King

Save the environment - Stop giving plastic toys with fast food kids meals

We are Ella and Caitlin aged 9 and 7, and we’ve been learning all about the environment at school and the problem of plastic. It made us very sad to see how plastic harms wildlife and pollutes the ocean, and we want to change this. That’s why we want Burger King and McDonald’s to think of the environment and stop giving plastic toys with their kids meals. We like to go to eat at Burger King and McDonald’s, but children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea. We want anything they give to us to be sustainable so we can protect the planet for us and for future generations. After we learned about the environment and pollution in school we wanted to do everything we could to help. We put a poster up in the window of our house about saving the planet and we try and recycle as much as we can. But we want to do more, which is why we started this petition. It’s not enough to make recyclable plastic toys - big, rich companies shouldn’t be making toys out of plastic at all. Please help us get Burger King and McDonald’s to listen to us by signing our petition to help the environment. Ella and Caitlin age 9 and 7  

Rachael Wood
162,008 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
153,138 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Hey McDonald’s! It’s time to start using 0% plastic, 100% biodegradable packaging.

A lot of people enjoy McDonald's. It’s arguably the worlds #1 fast food chain. They provide fast and tasty food to millions of people. However, this petition isn’t about their food. This petition is about the amount of McDonald's rubbish I pick up on my morning walk. This is about McDonald's customers throwing their trash out of their car windows and leaving rubbish in car parks, parklands, waterways, road sides and beaches.  I believe McDonald's have a social responsibility to limit the damage their packaging does in our communities. Plastic free packaging has come a long way in recent years and I have every faith that the McDonald's team is up for the challenge! Our waterways and oceans are full of plastic. Some reports sugest that the amount of plastic now outweighs marine life.  Landfill cannot sustain the amount of hazardous trash we are blindly throwing away each day. As an example of our ignorant wastefulness, 1 Million disposable (plastic, chemical laden) nappies go to landfill every day in New Zealand. EVERY DAY!!  Our landfills do not degrade. That half truth people tell us about a plastic bag taking 200 years to degrade is misleading to say the least. Our landfills are like renforced tombs where our garbage is encased in a clay/plastic sarcophagus away from air, water and wilderness. Without natural elements, the trash will never break down. It is fair that our governments are trying to protect the environment around the landfill, but all we are doing is hiding the ugly truth. Toxic fumes must be syphoned and burnt off and toxic sluge must be drained out and “disposed of”. Can you even imagine the damage we are doing?   We all must start to do what ever we can to curb the acute nosedive our consumer habits have lead us to. We can't control other peoples inherent laziness but we can implore our largest influencers to soften the blow to our environment. McDonald's are in a uniquely poweful position to send a clear and direct message to their customers and the wider communities their businesses thrive in. This is not about community clean up days, or "Being a tidy Kiwi". This is about preventing the issue in the first place. I believe the solution is 0% plastic, 100% biodegradable packaging.  SAY NO TO PLASTIC AND PLASTIC LINED PACKAGINGWe all must live here. We all must drink the water. Swim in the oceans. Hike the mountains and walk the streets. We are all destroying our planet so we must decide togther to take small steps to slow down the destruction.Thank you for caring!

Ms Peta Rabbit
65,720 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Bring back McDonald's chicken nugget szechuan sauce

Bring back McDonald's chicken nugget szechuan sauce from Rick and Morty season 3! 

Wubba lubba dub dub
45,249 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

Bring back McDonald's Szechuan sauce

McDonald's Szechuan sauce is the best sauce known to man. It would be a tragedy for it to not come back to McDonald's.

Josh Mingle
38,720 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's, Steve Easterbrook

McDonald’s, please ban plastic straws!

McDonald's #LastStraw Over 500 million plastic drinking straws are thrown away in the US each day. This is an enormous problem. Did  you know that if we were to line up those 500 million straws end-to-end, they would circle the earth 2.5 times? That's just the amount of straws thrown out in one day, by one country. Plastic drinking straws are often not recyclable due to their size. As a result, billions of them end up in landfills and oceans each year. The majority of plastic straws used are made from a petroleum based plastic called polypropylene. Making 1000 kg of polypropylene releases 3530 kg of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. McDonald's reportedly already phased out plastic straws in all of it's UK and Ireland locations. Why can't it do this throughout the world? This petition was created after another one I created to Starbucks received 150K signatures. Shortly after Starbucks announced that they'd be eliminating plastic straws from all locations. Sign this petition to encourage McDonald's to serve its #LastStraw. Join me in asking them to phase out plastic straws or to use biodegradable ones. Please sign and share this petition to protect the environment. #LastStraw ********************************************************************** Petitions to other companies, requesting that they ban plastic straws in their locations:  ·  Burger King ·  Tim Horton's ·  Subway ·  Wendy's · Edo of Japan ·  New York Fries ·  South St. Burger Co. ·  Starbucks [Victory!] · ********************************************************************** More Reading:

Ben Duthie
27,330 supporters
Petitioning McDonald's

McDonalds: Ya es hora de que ofrezcáis hamburguesas vegetales en vuestros menús

Algo tan sencillo como salir a comer o cenar con tus amigos puede ser bastante complicado si, como yo, no consumes carne, aves o pescados. Las opciones que existen en España para vegetarianos y vegetarianos estrictos son todavía limitadas. No hay día que no tenga que explicarle a alguien qué es lo que como y en muchos restaurantes la cara de los camareros y camareras son para enmarcar. Aún así, es verdad que algo está cambiando. Son cada vez más las tiendas y establecimientos que ofrecen productos y opciones para quiénes elegimos estas opciones, especialmente en las grandes ciudades. Pero para las grandes cadenas ésta sigue siendo una asignatura pendiente, al menos en nuestro país, y por eso he iniciado esta petición dirigida a McDonalds, pidiéndole un pequeño cambio en su producto estrella: la hamburguesa. La posibilidad de comer de forma más saludable, la agricultura sostenible y el tratamiento de los animales con respeto son una responsabilidad que debemos compartir entre todos, incluyendo las empresas. Algunas cadenas, como Burger King, Goiko Grill o Peggy Sue´s ya han avanzado en esta dirección y ofrecen las llamadas veggie burgers en su menú desde hace ya algún tiempo. McDonalds ofrece en otros países, como en Alemania, Suecia o EEUU hamburguesas vegetales como la “veggie club house” o la “Vegi Mac”. Estas pueden ser de Quinoa, Soja testurizada, Seitán, etc. Nos guste o no hablamos de una de las cadenas de restauración más importantes del mundo. Todo lo que hace tiene una repercusión en el sector y sabemos que un primer paso para reducir el consumo de productos animales es ofrecer alternativas en todas partes, dando a conocer otros sabores y posibilidades que normalicen esta opción. Igualarnos a nuestros vecinos europeos facilitaría el descubrimiento de la comida vegetal a toda la población española y una guía para el resto de empresas. Por eso, le pedimos que sea un ejemplo y se una a aquellos que ya ofrecen hamburguesas vegetales en sus establecimientos.  Firma esta petición y ayúdame a conseguirlo >>

Alejandro Toro Molina
23,805 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
22,180 supporters