Stop supporting cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens
  • Petitioned Patti Klos
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Director of Dining and Business Services, Tufts University
Patti Klos
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Tufts University
Office of Alumni Relations
Tufts University
Tufts Alumni Website
Senior Associate Director, Association and Volunteer Management, Tufts University Alumni Association
Mini Jaikumar, G97
Program Director, Office of Sustainability
Tina Woolston
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Meal Plan Changes, Tufts University Dining Services
Sonya Johnson
Nutrition/Marketing Specialist, Tufts University Dining Services
Julie Lampie
Associate Director, Tufts University Dining Services
Ralph Perrotto
Brown and Brew Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
Arthur RigordaEva
Catering Unit Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
Eric Hamel
Carmichael Unit Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
David Kelley
Campus Center General Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
Sabrina McCarthy
Central Production Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
John Fisher
Dewick-MacPhie Unit Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
John Beaulac
Hodgdon Good-to-Go Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
Mike Falconer
Mugar Dining & Faculty Dining Manager, Tufts University Dining Services
Dante Goytizolo
Data Systems Administrator, Tufts University Dining Services
Sonya Johnson
FoodPro Administrator, Tufts University Dining Services
Mary Hill
Assistant Director Operations, Tufts University Dining Services
Michael DeSimone
Assistant Director of Purchasing, Tufts University Dining Services
Paul Denaro
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Michael Baenen
Director, Office of Public Relations
Kim Thurler

Stop supporting cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens

    1. Jeremy Goldman
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Goldman

My name is Jeremy Goldman, and I am a student at Tufts University. I am sure that you will agree with me that when students take the time to speak out for a worthy cause, universities should be proud of them and support their efforts. Unfortunately, my school is not supporting students as we speak up to ask for a simple switch from cruel, unsafe battery cage eggs to cage-free eggs.

Standard battery cage egg-producing facilities are intensive factory farms, so brutal that they have been declared illegal animal cruelty across all European countries and many U.S. states. After being subjected to an extremely painful “debeaking” process in which young chicks’ beaks are seared off with a hot blade, six to eight hens are confined to one wire cage with floor-space per bird no larger than a sheet of notebook paper for their entire lives. Broken bones, respiratory problems, deliberate “starvation periods,” and countless other horrors are extremely common, and “layer hens” are rarely, if ever, offered individual veterinary care.

Not only are these factory farms bad for animals, they are terrible for the environment, for workers, and for food safety. Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, labor groups like the United Farm Workers and the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and food safety groups like the Center for Food Safety all support a ban on battery cage eggs and a switch to cage-free. Battery cage eggs offer a much higher risk of salmonella, the most common cause of food poisoning today.

We are saddened to find that Tufts Dining has placed such low priority on student health. Hundreds of colleges across the country, including nearly every other college and university in the Boston area, have already gone cage-free, and Tufts University has received hundreds of letters, calls, and emails from individual alumni, students, and other welfare advocates asking that the switch be made. Hundreds of students have signed a petition calling for the switch, and we have passed a nearly unanimous Student Government Senate resolution in support of the switch as well. Our concerns have fallen on deaf ears, and we Tufts students are devastated to see our school lagging so far behind in standard sustainability and public health efforts.

Despite the overwhelming student support for a progressive change, Tufts has failed to listen to its students and still supports barbaric battery cage facilities. Concerned students and alumni cannot even get a response from dining about this issue. For this reason, we are reaching out to caring consumers like you across the United States, urging you to please use your voice to help Tufts students and alumni by joining us in calling for a change.

Make your voice heard now. Support animals, the environment, public health, and student rights by clicking on the button below. Thank you! 

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    1. Almost to 5,000!

      Jeremy Goldman
      Petition organiser

      Many thanks to all for your incredible support! Let's keep it up and see how quickly we can break 5,000, reminding our administration that this is an issue of importance to all and must be taken seriously. Thank you! Please keep sharing.

    2. Decision-maker Tina Woolston responds:

      Tina Woolston

      Why won't Change.org post the University's response?


    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Almost 500 signatures in just a few days!

      Jeremy Goldman
      Petition organiser

      We've nearly broken the 500 signatures mark! Thank you all so much for your incredible support for students and for the animals. We have made huge progress, but there is so much more we can do! Please remember to share with all your friends and social networking groups to make sure that Tufts administration understands this an issue that can NOT be ignored. Thank you!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Patti Klos responds:

      Patti Klos

      Tufts Dining Service efforts are aligned with healthy eating, extensive variety, sustainability and ethical animal practices and we champion sustainability wherever we can. We are sympathetic to this particular issue and in fact, we used...


    7. Decision-maker Patti Klos responds:

      Patti Klos

      Tufts Dining Service efforts are aligned with healthy eating, extensive variety, sustainability and ethical animal practices and we champion sustainability wherever we can. We are sympathetic to this particular issue and in fact, we used...


    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Caitlyn Ralston PENDLETOMV, KY
      • 6 months ago

      I love my chickens! I don't know how the people who support this can sleep at night knowing innocent animals are being tortured against their will!

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    • DONNA WARNER EL PASO, TX
      • 8 months ago

      THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY AND MUST BE STOPPED**WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE YOU SENDING**SOUNDS LIKE TREATING ANIMALS CRUELLY IS OKAY**WELL IT ISN'T!!

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    • Karen Meidel LOCUST GROVE, VA
      • 8 months ago

      Because it is just not right

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    • Margaret Dale "SUNRISE BEACH, MO
      • 8 months ago

      Factory farming is cruelty beyond imagination. The public needs to know how all of these creatures are being treated--chickens, pigs, cows--all animals raised on these factory farms that are raised in these torturous conditions and we should be ashamed as a nation! This can only continue as people remain ignorant. Please do something to inform the general public This is about MONEY and nothing else.!!.

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    • Jennifer Knerr HOPE VALLEY, RI
      • 8 months ago

      WOW Tufts of all places Im sickened

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