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Stop this American Horror Story. Tell Walmart to Stop Torturing Pigs

Walmart’s torture of pigs is a real American horror story. Driven mad from boredom and stress, pregnant pigs confined to filthy gestation crates endure nightmarish conditions I would not wish on my worst enemies. Walmart must stop supporting cruel gestation crates. Hello, I’m James Cromwell, and I just narrated the latest undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals at a major Walmart pork supplier. What I saw in this video is a living nightmare. And it has got to stop! At Walmart pork suppliers, thousands of pregnant pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed into cages so small they can barely move. They can’t turn around, walk or even lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. In the video, pigs can be seen constantly ramming their heads against their tiny stalls out of stress and frustration. These intelligent and social animals are literally driven mad from sheer boredom and lack of stimulation. Animal welfare experts around the world agree that these crates are inherently cruel and should be phased out. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states, as well as in the entire European Union. Responding to consumer concerns, nearly every major food provider in the country, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Safeway, Kroger, Kmart and Costco, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Even Walmart Canada has agreed to phase out gestation crates. But not Walmart in the United States. Walmart continues to support this blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates. Please, help me put a stop to this. Take a moment to sign my Change.org petition urging Walmart to do the right thing and demand their pork suppliers stop confining pigs in cruel gestation crates. Thank you. James Cromwell WalmartCruelty.com  

James Cromwell and Mercy For Animals
645,230 supporters
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Petitioning Walmart

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.

Joaquin Phoenix and Mercy For Animals
303,620 supporters
Petitioning Procter & Gamble, Lil-Lets , Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons , Aldi , Lidl , Superdrug, Boots , The Co-Operative, Waitrose , Walmart, Johnson & Johnson

Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly being manufactured, used for between 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down! That's over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! [1] They can enter rivers and oceans and end up on beaches. In fact, a report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches! This happens when they are incorrectly flushed down toilets, and shockingly 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700K pantyliners are flushed in the UK every single day! This pollutes and negatively impacts the environment and contributes to ocean plastic, which kills around 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish yearly. Overtime their plastic content disintegrates into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres, which pose a further threat to marine-life and ecosystems. [1,2] They also contribute to over 200,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year, however, any not sent to landfill may be incinerated with the potential to release toxins due to their high plastic and synthetic content. No matter where they end up, whether at the bottom of the sea, in landfill or on a beach, they will remain there for hundreds of years and pose constant danger to animals and birds. The adverse impact that single-use plastic is having on our health and the environment has been gaining huge media coverage, and because there are already so many companies out there producing eco-friendly versions it is obvious now more than ever that plastic is clearly not needed in period products. Their plastic content is unnecessary and their negative impacts completely avoidable. Therefore it is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.  This is why myself and over 194,000 supporters are calling on manufacturers and supermarkets to remove plastic from the period products they produce. This petition covers tampons, applicators, pads/towels, wrappers and packaging.  Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Ella :) Campaign hashtag: #EndPeriodPlastic Twitter: @ella_daish Instagram: @elladaish Campaign Features: Mashable: https://bit.ly/2Ny2aHH The Ecologist: https://bit.ly/2Nz94fL Metro: https://bit.ly/2z7m7MX Virgin: https://bit.ly/2FgbjyI Huffpost (Why 2019 Needs to be the Year Plastic-Free Periods Go Mainstream: https://bit.ly/2MNQE8p Solihull Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): https://bit.ly/2GgTbae Forbes: https://bit.ly/2RyETUj Glamour (Year of the Plastic-free Period): https://bit.ly/2DjZojT i-D: https://bit.ly/2CfFaae Huffpost USA: https://bit.ly/2A1Kz35 Huffpost (Sainsbury's): https://bit.ly/2qnI6uU My Green Pod: https://bit.ly/2QaH8gH Vogue: https://bit.ly/2oWzlXT Glamour: https://bit.ly/2LtWp98 Wales Online: https://bit.ly/2LifRX4 Pebble: https://bit.ly/2maj93R  References:                                                        [1] https://bit.ly/2pA6UPG  [2] https://bit.ly/2QwZQyV

Ella Daish
195,367 supporters
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Petitioning Walmart

Preserve the jobs of disabled greeters at Walmart

My son is a 21 year old autistic greeter at Walmart in Pickens, SC. We were recently told that he would be losing his job due to Walmart cutting back. Simon has until 4/26 to find another job in the store or no longer be employed. Of course, I'm sure that will be impossible. Between all the people that will be applying from the Pickens BI-LO closing and then all the 3rd shift Walmart folks being laid off and needing jobs as well, it will be tight at best. And it's not just Simon. All of Walmart (in this market and maybe nationwide) are cutting greeters out or changing their job descriptions. I really don't think Walmart understands the value of greeters. Impersonal executives making 7-8 figures see it as a number. At best they see it as a way to discourage shoplifting by having a human presence at the door. But those guys don't understand what it means to average people, those of us who have bad days and can't go relax in the spa or head for our other home for a while, to have someone greet them in person when they come in the door. Don't get me wrong. I've seen greeters that just stare, ignore, or maybe nod in passing. But Simon is thrilled to see you! He literally loves you to death when you come in the door. People tell me that they actually go to Simon's Walmart instead of a closer one just because of him! His open acceptance and affection for all people really touches them. That goes a long way when it comes to public opinion and general sentiment, and it's ideal for someone like Simon. The economics of perception more than make up for the salaries of good greeters, and provide a needed employment outlet for the growing community of disabled and elderly in our population. I know religion is considered passé now in this post... well, it's a post-something civilization. Culturally things are falling apart so quickly it's hard to tell the most recent thing to fall, so we'll stick with post-something. But I digress. Anyway, religion is considered passé now. Hence so are the virtues. [Deleted stuff]. Never mind, I guess. I was going to go on a long tirade and drag in politics and culture, but that seems pointless. Anyway, my point was going to just be that the virtues themselves almost demand employment opportunities of those types. And I'm not saying that corporations have to throw out free money. They have an obligation to the stockholders to make a profit. I know Walmart has razor thin profit margins of 2-3%. That means that for every dollar they make, they get two keep 2 or 3 pennies. But those pennies still add up to literally billions of dollars in profit. And when they're paying their CEO 28 mil, and who knows how much to all those other executives and board members, it gets hard for me to to justify cutting Simon's 3 days a week. The average full-time employee only makes 19k a year. Simon makes much less than that! Economically (and again in the economy of perception) Walmart would come out much better in the end by keeping positions like this. I saw an analysis in 2015 (that gave me a headache, by the way) that Walmart could up salaries by as much as 50% and still come out with similar or better numbers than they do now. And I'm sure it's true. Everybody knows that between tax breaks, write-offs, incentives, moving money from ledger to ledger, etc., most of the big corporations can figure out how to squeeze some more profit out of just about any situation. Despite the math, I think the idea of making more by cutting salaries is just embedded in the business culture. Whatever. All this is to say that the (good) greeters are underestimated, and whether you come at it from a perspective of virtue, economics of perception, or just plain old economics, it would work out much better for the big box guys if they'd keep them. Too bad they don't get it. Let's help them understand how important greeters are to us!

Scott Cantrell
168,421 supporters
Petitioning Doug McMillon, Walmart

Stop the sale of guns at Walmart stores

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019: 2 people were murdered at Walmart #0848 in Southaven, Mississippi.  Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: 22 people were murdered at Walmart #2201 in El Paso, Texas. In light of these recent tragedies -- a mere snapshot of the gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States -- and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we as employees are organizing several days of action, to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of firearms and ammunition. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first; we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. In 2015, Walmart removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Nonetheless, Walmart remains one of the largest retailers of firearms in the United States, and there is a direct correlation between the number/availability of guns and the amount of mass shootings per capita. Yes, we have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place that we can all be proud of. As associates, we can and must leverage our power and ability to change our company for the better. We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons. We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at walmartwalkout@gmail.com

Walmart Walkout
151,049 supporters
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Petitioning Lorenzo Lopez

Walmart: Stop Profiting from Forced Labor in Louisiana

My name is Ana Rosa Diaz. I'm 40 years old and I have four children. I came to the United States on an H-2B guestworker visa from my home in Tamaulipas, Mexico. I work in a small town in Louisiana with other guestworkers, peeling crawfish for a company called C.J.’s Seafood, which sells 85% of its products to Walmart. Our boss forces us to work up to 24 hours at a time with no overtime pay. No matter how fast we work, they scream and curse at us to make us work faster. Our supervisor threatens to beat us with a shovel to stop us from taking breaks. We live in trailers across from the boss's house, and we’re under surveillance all the time. The supervisors come into our trailers without warning, and they threaten to fire us if we leave after 9 p.m. The supervisor also locked us in the plant so we couldn’t take breaks. One worker called 911. After that the boss rounded us up at 2:30 a.m., closed the door to keep the American employees out, and threatened our families. He said, “As a friend I can be very good, but you don’t want to know me as an enemy. I have contacts with good people and bad people, and I know where all your families live. I can find you no matter where you hide.” We were terrified.  We want to work. We need to support our families. But we also want to be treated like human beings. We joined the National Guestworker Alliance and decided to go on strike. The boss refused to take back his threats against our families, so we filed complaints with the Department of Labor. And now we’re taking our demands to Walmart. Walmart says it doesn't allow forced labor by any of its suppliers. But Walmart is profiting from the forced labor we lived through right here in Louisiana. And now they're trying to cover up what happened to us -- while three federal investigations are going on -- and they're refusing to speak with us. Walmart needs to meet with us immediately, and to show its suppliers that it won't tolerate forced labor. We’re demanding that Walmart: 1. Cancel its contract with C.J.’s Seafood to show that it won't profit from forced labor in Louisiana. 2. Sit down with us, the striking workers, immediately as a first step toward a real investigation -- rather than a cover-up. 3. Sign the NGA's Guestworker Dignity Standards to prevent forced labor and guarantee civil and labor rights for guestworkers across the Walmart supply chain.  Please sign and stand with us!

National Guestworker Alliance
148,567 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Walmart

It's Time For Walmart's Board of Directors To Stop the Torture of Pigs

Two of the country’s largest pork producers – Smithfield Farms and Tyson Foods – have just announced they want to get rid of gestation crates, small narrow stalls used to confine mother pigs on factory farms. More than 60 major food providers, including Walmart competitors like Costco and Target, have already committed to getting rid of pork from gestation crates. Yet Walmart continues to buy from farms that use these inherently cruel crates. Imagine spending years crammed in a barren metal crate so small you can’t even turn around. Imagine having nothing to lie on but cold concrete, night after night, for your entire life. We don’t even treat prisoners this way, but Walmart continues to condone this type of cruel treatment of innocent pigs in its pork supply chain.  Pork sold at Walmart comes from factory farms where mother pigs are locked inside gestation crates. In these tiny, narrow crates, mother pigs are denied everything that comes naturally to them. They will never see the sun, breathe fresh air, feel the grass beneath their feet, or do anything that makes life even remotely worth living. Because pigs are so smart – perhaps even smarter than cats and dogs – when crammed in gestation crates they often go insane from the stress, abuse, and lack of stimulation. Some will bite the bars of their cage until their teeth shatter. Others lie depressed and motionless on the ground all day, their intelligent, social minds broken by the misery of confinement. How do we know that Walmart’s pork suppliers treat pigs this way? Because we’ve seen it again, and again, and again, and again. Whisteblowers have captured this type of horrific cruelty year after year, at Walmart supplier after Walmart supplier. It’s time for Walmart’s Board of Directors to take a stand and commit to no longer purchasing pork from factory farms that use gestation crates.  Please stick up for mother pigs by signing the petition and urging Walmart’s Board of Directors to take action. The time is now for Walmart to take a stand against this barbaric, outdated practice. Thank you. Mercy For Animals WalmartCruelty.com

Mercy For Animals
645,230 supporters
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Petitioning Walmart

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

Mercy For Animals
645,230 supporters
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Petitioning Doug McMillon

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

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
111,067 supporters