Wendy's is an American international fast food chain restaurant founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The company moved its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, on January 29, 2006.
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Ohio is not only where Mercy For Animals originated; it is also home to one of the largest, most influential restaurant chains in history: Wendy’s. The iconic chain is an undisputed leader in the worldwide restaurant industry.
But Wendy’s is no leader among the growing number of companies rejecting cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens.
On today’s factory farms, more than 90 percent of hens used for eggs are crammed into wire cages so small the birds can’t walk, spread their wings, or engage in other simple natural behaviors.
Because the space is so cramped, many birds become trapped and painfully mangled in the cage wire or under the feed trays. Without assistance, they sadly suffer and die. Dead hens are forgotten and left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption.
Birds who survive endure bloody open wounds, eye infections, tumors, and uterine prolapses. These ailing hens languish without proper veterinary care. Deprived of any comfort, these intelligent, sensitive animals are treated as mere egg-producing machines.
Wendy’s competitors, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Panera Bread, have already announced timelines for transitioning to completely cage-free egg supply chains. Foodservice giants Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group have done the same, and several states have outlawed battery cages. Even Ohio, the nation's second-largest egg-producing state, has stopped construction of new caged egg-production facilities.
It’s high time Wendy’s listened to its consumers and competitors. Please sign this petition asking Wendy’s to stop cramming birds into cruel cages and to set a firm deadline for going cage-free.
The animals need your voice!Read more
Mercy For AnimalsWest Hollywood, CA, United States
For decades, farmworkers in the U.S. have faced physical and verbal abuse, daily threats to their health and safety, racial discrimination, wage theft and grinding poverty. Farmworkers also experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and harassment in the fields. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80% of farmworker women report that they have experienced sexual harassment on the job.
And in the most extreme cases, farmworkers have faced modern-day slavery, with nearly a dozen forced labor operations uncovered over the past two decades in Florida’s fields alone.
That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news:
Today, there is a solution. As farmworkers, we have created the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among workers, growers, and major retail brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Burger King that is ending decades of farmworker poverty and powerlessness. The Fair Food Program has been called “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the White House to the United Nations. Just last year the Fair Food Program received a Presidential Medal for its unique success in fighting modern-day slavery and other human rights abuses in corporate supply chains.
But despite the Program’s historic achievements in advancing farmworkers' human rights, one buyer is still standing in the way of progress: Wendy’s.
We are calling on you to stand with farmworkers in boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program and agree to protect the basic human rights of workers in their supply chain.
Not only has Wendy’s turned its back on the farmworkers who harvest its produce, but it has taken steps that directly undermine the transformation that has been brought about by the Fair Food Program. Here’s how:
Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections.
Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights.
Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country not part of the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers.
It is unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to support one of today’s most promising models to end poverty and human rights abuses in low-wage industries across the world.
In five short years since its implementation, the Fair Food Program has prevented modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages, and guaranteed basic safety protections for workers. Since the Program’s inception, participating buyers have paid well over $20 million into the FFP, helping to alleviate the poverty that our families have faced for decades.
And we aren’t stopping with Florida tomatoes. In the past year, we expanded into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, and to two new Florida crops, strawberries and bell peppers. Thanks to the support of participating buyers, the Fair Food Program has expanded its protections to tens of thousands of new workers, and is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead.
Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program.
To learn how you can join thousands of other consumers in the national Wendy’s Boycott, visit boycott-wendys.org.Read more
Coalition of Immokalee WorkersUnited States
Wendy's, Todd A. Penegor, Kurt A. Kane, Abigail E. Pringle, Leigh A. Burnside, Liliana M. Esposito, M. Coley O'Brien, Gunther Plosch, Laura D. Titas, E.J. Wunsch
When I was younger, I used to love going to my local Wendy’s for a frostie and a burger. However, now that I am in college and more often in a situation where I need to grab a fast bite on the go, I am not able to enjoy any meal options at my nearby Wendy’s because my diet has changed to exclude options that involve animal cruelty.
I would be more than happy to become a regular customer at Wendy’s again if Wendy’s were to catch up to their competitors at Burger King, Carl’s Jr, and Hardee’s in carrying a plant-based burger for customers to enjoy.
Sign and share to ask Wendy’s to join 2019 and offer a Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods burger throughout its national supply chain!
A plant-based burger would not only be better for animal welfare, the environment, and health, but also great for business at Wendy’s. Beyond Meat recently went public with investments and raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars while also soaring 163% from their original IPO (the biggest increase for a US company since 2000).
There has been rapidly increasing consumer demand for a plant-based burger and Wendy’s is falling behind the times and missing an enormous opportunity by not offering any plant-based meal options in a year when 39% of consumers in the United States say they are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diet.
Restaurants including TGI Fridays, Qdoba, Dunkin’, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Subway, are offering plant-based meat as a way to be more accessible and tap into the growing demand and popularity of plant-based eating. At A&W for instance, the Beyond Burger boosted yearly sales by 10% and sold out in several locations on the first day. And Burger King launched an Impossible Whopper nation-wide after just months of piloting it.
Nowadays, more and more people are realizing the animal welfare, environmental, and health issues tied to meat consumption and are looking to eat their meals in ways that are better for the planet, for animals, and for their health. Wendy’s has an amazing opportunity here to catch up to the times and to their competitors.
Tell Wendy’s the time to act on consumer demand and trends by carrying a plant-based burger is now!Read more
Lana WeidgenantNew York, NY, United States
Donald Trump, Howard Schultz, Kevin Johnson, Bernard Acoca, Andy Adams, Martin Brok, Brady Brewer, Rosalind (Roz) Brewer, Luigi Bonini, Starbucks, McDonald's, Steve Easterbrook, Panera Bread, Paner...
Hello, everybody. My name is Amanda, and I'm 15 years old. I used to use a plastic straw every single day until I learned some facts about them.
In the Los Angeles area alone, ten metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws, and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.
Over the last ten years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the previous century.
50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
Why is that so bad? Well for starters 46 percent of plastics float (EPA 2006), and it can drift for years before eventually concentrating in the ocean gyres. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. The body can absorb plastic chemicals—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a synthetic chemical)
Much more information can be found at https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html http://www.choosetogostrawless.com/ https://thelastplasticstraw.org/about-us/ http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please https://www.banthebottle.net/articles/its-not-just-the-bottle-the-ubiquity-of-the-plastic-straw/
Unfortunately, we can't reverse some of the things we've already done to this beautiful planet. What we can do is make some changes. Anything from asking for no straw, bring a reusable bag, use your own utensils (rather than disposable), buying from farmers markets, use a refillable cup/bottle, to making your staples yourself to avoid plastic can make a world (no pun intended) of difference. What I'm asking today, is that you sign this petition. Not that hard, right? :D
I will be sending this request to places like Panera, Starbucks, Safeway, Dunkin Donuts, and more. What I'm asking of them is to use less plastic and styrofoam. To incorporate more recycling cans into their locations. To only give plastic bags to those who ask for them. To use paper straws rather than plastic. To find an alternative to Styrofoam takeout containers. To stop putting things in plastic that doesn't need to be.
Have you ever seen the movie Wall-e? It stars a cute little robot who picks up trash. Remember how awful Earth looked? The whole time I was watching that movie I just wanted to go hug a tree (I didn't actually hug a tree). I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad about their choices, I'm just trying to inform!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope we can work together to make 2018 a much friendlier place (for the people and the planet). <3Read more
Wendy's is trying to discontinue their Spicy Chicken Nuggets, effective within the next couple months. This item is a fan-favorite all across the world. It is our job as Spicy Chicken Nugget lovers to stop this madness from happening. If we get enough signatures, maybe Wendy's will notice how tragic this discontinuation is. Please sign and save the Spicy Nuggets!!! Read more
The old BBQ sauce recipe has been in my life since I was a kid and just out of the blue it was changed. This new recipe wreaks of vinegar and it's horrible!Bring back the old BBQ sauce recipe, or at least offer a traditional style BBQ sauce.Read more
Sam BelElizabeth, NJ, United States
Wendy's, Burger Kinf, Burger King, mayor of money, my friend
My friend said that he doesn’t think I can get 1,000 signatures on a change.org page. So, now I bet him $10 that I could get 10,000 signatures. Go ahead and help prove him wrong. It’s quick, simple and would really help. In addition, if you’d like to help crush our goal, please share this link wherever you can with #TenDollarBet or share with your friends!
This description is required to have 100 characters on it so I will have to continuously tell you why I am trying to accomplish this. I want the $10, I want to prove my friend wrong, and I want to see how many random people will contribute to me getting a free $10 (That I will probably use on a frosty @Wendys). I think that this would be a cool experiment if we can pull it off. But more importantly, I will win $10 thanks to all you randomly kind strangers who take the 30 seconds to sign this :)
(it's also for a YouTube video)
This may sound ridiculous, but it’s something you should be a part of, and you know it.
Thank you so much for supporting the change, and I would appreciate you helping spread the word!
Michael B. Read more
Michael BloomNew Jersey, United States
Food and Drug Administration, McDonald's, Wendy's, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Tyson Foods
Every day, 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for their meat, just after spending their short 35-day lives in total confinement. By eating Mcdonalds, Wendys, and Tyson foods products, you are supporting the abuse of millions of chickens. These chickens live in large sheds with poor ventilation, no space, and are bred to grow unnaturally fast, which causes heart stress and lungs that can't keep up with the chicken's air supply. These chickens have weak legs from too much weight, causing many to suffer from lameness. We have to let these corporations know that what they are doing is wrong by signing this petition and showing that what they are doing isn't going to go unseen. Read more
Jawad MahmudNew York, NY, United States
Chick-Fil-A, Wendy's, Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell
As consumers, we should have a growing concern about plastic waste and how it affects the environment. Tackling this problem requires a series of steps, starting with the single-use, plastic straw. Companies need to switch from this type of straw, which never leaves the environment, to compostable, marine degradable straws which are currently available, and being manufactured in the US.
Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Subway, Starbucks, and Taco Bell are a few of the highest offenders, while their competitor, Mc Donalds, has already made the commitment to a more environmentally friendly straw.
While we have recycling contingencies, plastic straws often don't end up making it through the recycling process because of their size and weight. They often fall through the filters and end up in landfills, sewers, or storm drains leading to our oceans. If they even end up in a recycling can to begin with. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish per pound. That means that in just over 30 years our children will no longer be able to experience a healthy ocean ecosystem.
Holding companies that are a part of our everyday lives accountable for their environmental footprint by taking a small step towards using compostable, marine degradable straws will help ensure your children are able to see an ocean full of life.Read more
Jacob SoloUnited States
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Citizens of the World, Dairy Queen, Domino's, Hardees, Wendy's, YUM!, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Target, Costco Wholesale, Dollar Gen...
Yet again Hundreds of animals' homes are being destroyed in order for companies to reap a profit. Orangutans, Sumatran Elephants, Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Sumatran Rhinos, and Sumatran Tigers are all listed endangered or critically endangered according to the World Wildlife Foundation. This is because of the deforestation of their habitats for companies to obtain unsustainable palm oil- the world's most popular vegetable oil.
It is possible for Palm Oil to be sustainable but current production methods are wreaking havoc upon species that have no say in what is happening to the only homes they know. Large companies such as, but not limited to, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Dominos, Wendy's, Walgreen's, Target, Clorox have little to no commitment to use deforestation-free palm oil according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
On the other hand, there are companies that are committed to alternative methods to obtain sustainable palm oil for their products such as, but not limited to, Dunkin brands, Safeway, Nestle, Kelloggs, Pepsico, General Mills, and Loreal.
It is up to us, the people, to make informed decisions about the products we buy each and every day. Support the companies that are willing to use sustainable palm oil. Elect government officials that are willing to fight for the rights that are being ripped away from these endangered species. We need to come together to ensure that future generations won't have to Google pictures of Orangutans because they are extinct due to company's greed and our apathy. Let's make the right choice by speaking out for those that don't have a voice.Read more