Mercy For Animals

506,952 supporters

Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. Visit www.mercyforanimals.org to learn more.

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Doug McMillon

Tell Walmart Brazil to Stop Selling Eggs from Confined Hens

Did your eggs come from caged hens? If you shop at Walmart Brazil stores, the answer is likely yes. New video footage shot at a factory farm that provides eggs to a Walmart Brazil egg supplier reveals the disturbing reality for birds crammed in tiny cages. Unable to walk freely, spread her wings, or rest comfortably, each hen spends her miserable life on floor space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper. In these unsanitary conditions, sickness, disease, and death run rampant. The video reveals birds trapped in sharp cage wire or under feed troughs, trampled by their cagemates and unable to reach food and water. Surrounded by the stench of excrement and rotting corpses of other hens, this grim existence is the only one these tortured animals will ever know. Battery cages are so inhumane they have been banned in the European Union and many U.S. states. Walmart has already agreed to go cage-free in the United States and Canada; yet in Brazil, the company continues to buy from egg suppliers that cram hens into cruel cages. Even leading food retailers in Brazil, including Burger King, Subway, McDonald's, KFC, and Spoleto, have publicly pledged to switch to cage-free eggs. It’s time for Walmart Brazil to do the same. Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on Walmart to prevent animal torture by prohibiting cruel cages in its entire egg supply chain. Thank you.

Mercy For Animals
16,005 supporters
Petitioning Galen Weston

Tell Loblaws to Ensure Animals Aren’t Tortured in Its Supply Chain

My name is Mark, and I worked at more than a dozen chicken factory farms that supply Lilydale, which sells chicken to Loblaws grocery stores across Canada. While working at Lilydale chicken supplier farms, I witnessed some of the most sadistic animal abuse imaginable, including workers kicking, hitting, and throwing birds; slamming them hard against walls and transport crates; and gleefully ripping the legs off conscious animals. One day I watched in horror as a worker tried to rip a bird in half with his bare hands and then threw her badly mangled—but still living—body onto the ground for her to slowly die. Other days I saw workers torment frightened animals in sexually explicit ways in full view of company management. I documented these abuses using a hidden camera. You can watch my video footage above or at ChickenTorture.ca. Nobody did anything to stop this unspeakable animal abuse, which is why I’m coming forward now. With help from Mercy For Animals, I’ve submitted a detailed complaint to law enforcement and am hopeful that they will take swift action. But I’m also calling on Loblaws grocery stores to enact a much-needed animal welfare policy requiring Lilydale and its other chicken suppliers to end the worst forms of animal abuse in their supply chains. While I can’t say with certainty that the same chickens documented in my video ended up in Loblaws stores, I do know they went to a Lilydale slaughterhouse in British Columbia. And I know that same Lilydale slaughterhouse sells chicken to Loblaws stores. A meaningful animal welfare policy by Loblaws, as a major purchaser of Lilydale chicken, would prevent much of the most egregious abuse I witnessed. Please, take a moment to sign my petition urging Loblaws to require its suppliers to end some of the worst forms of animal abuse. Then share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too. After seeing what I saw, I can’t imagine ever eating chicken again. In addition to taking action here, please consider joining me by pledging to leave chicken off your plate for good. Thank you.

Mercy For Animals
62,471 supporters
Petitioning Galen G. Weston

Exigeons que Loblaws élimine la cruauté envers les animaux de sa chaîne

Bonjour. Je m’appelle Mark. J’ai travaillé dans plus d’une dizaine d’usines d’élevage de volailles auprès desquelles s’approvisionne Lilydale, établissement qui vend ensuite ses poulets à la chaîne Loblaws, qui elle les envoie dans ses succursales partout au Canada. Dans mon temps dans ces usines, j’ai été témoin d’actes de cruauté qui donnent la chair de poule. Je parle notamment d’employés qui bottent, frappent ou lancent des oiseaux, qui les cognent contre le mur ou contre des caisses de transport et qui arrachent allègrement les pattes des animaux qui sont encore conscients.  Un jour, j’ai vu avec horreur un employé qui essayait de déchirer un oiseau en deux avec ses mains. Après l’avoir massacré, il l’a laissé à moitié vivant sur le sol à attendre tranquillement sa mort. J’ai aussi vu des travailleurs épouvanter de manière sexuellement explicite des animaux apeurés, et la direction était bien au courant de la situation. J’ai documenté tout cela au moyen d’une caméra cachée et vous pouvez maintenant voir les images que j’ai captées. Vous les trouverez ci-haut et sur le site Web LaTortureDesPoules.ca. Le pire dans tout cela : personne n’est venu à la rescousse des pauvres animaux auxquels on infligeait des atrocités inimaginables. C’est pour cette exacte raison que je tiens à agir. Avec l’aide de Mercy For Animals, j’ai déposé une plainte auprès des autorités et j’ai espoir que les mesures qui s’imposent seront adoptées rapidement. Mais ce n’est pas tout. Je demande également aux épiceries Loblaws d’adopter une politique contre la cruauté envers les animaux, dont le besoin se fait grandement sentir, qui exigerait que Lilydale et ses fournisseurs de volailles éliminent les pratiques cruelles de leur chaîne d’approvisionnement. Il est vrai que je ne peux garantir avec une certitude totale que les poulets vus de ma vidéo soient ceux vendus dans votre épicerie Loblaws, mais je sais tout de même que ces mêmes poulets ont été envoyés à un abattoir Lilydale en Colombie-Britannique et que ce même abattoir vend certains de ces poulets à la chaîne Loblaws. Loblaws doit, à titre d’acheteur important des poulets de Lilydale, adopté une politique rigoureuse en matière de cruauté envers les animaux et ainsi éviter que des actes scandaleux comme ceux que j’ai observés soient perpétrés contre les animaux. Vous n’avez qu’à prendre quelques moments pour signer notre pétition pressant Loblaws d’exiger de ses fournisseurs qu’ils mettent fin aux formes les plus cruelles de cruauté envers les animaux. Vous pouvez aussi contribuer à la cause en envoyant les images que nous avons captées à votre famille et à vos amis et en les incitant à agir aussi. Ayant vu les atrocités dont sont victime les poulets, je ne peux m’imaginer ajouter du poulet à mon assiette. Après avoir signé notre pétition et diffusé nos images, vous devriez considérer à vous engager à retirer le poulet de votre assiette aussi. Je vous remercie de votre aide.

Mercy For Animals
62,471 supporters
Petitioning Chili's, Kelli Valade, Wyman Roberts, Scarlett May

Chili’s: Commit to Meaningful Welfare Standards for Chickens

My name is Kathy Beck, and as a former Chili’s employee, I know firsthand that the restaurant’s brand is in crisis. Chili’s has fallen behind its competitors by allowing its suppliers to cruelly abuse chickens in ways other chains have already banned. Many of Chili’s competitors, including TGI Fridays, BJ’s Restaurants, Red Robin, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and dozens of other chains, have pledged to adopt Global Animal Partnership (GAP) chicken welfare standards and end live-shackle slaughter—that is, chaining chickens by their feet and dragging them through electrified water before cutting their throats. Chili’s tries to convince consumers that it has made commitments similar to those of its competitors. But Chili’s standards fail to address the most urgent welfare issues in the company’s supply chain. Unlike other major food companies, Chili’s published policy fails to meet the criteria endorsed by leading farmed animal protection organizations in the U.S. Please join me in asking Chili’s leaders to publicly commit to a reasonable time frame for adopting GAP standards and ending live-shackle slaughter. It’s time they caught up to their competitors. Let’s boycott their restaurants until they do.

Mercy For Animals
72,836 supporters
Petitioning ACIA , Richard Arsenault

Mettre fin aux pratiques cruelles dans le secteur de l’abattage au Canada

Chaque année, des millions d’animaux sont mis en pièces ou ébouillantés vivants, alors qu’ils sont toujours conscients et ressentent la douleur. Nous vous demandons de nous donner 20 secondes de votre temps pour exprimer votre indignation face aux pratiques cruelles et abusives concernant le traitement et l’abattage des animaux en signant notre pétition. Nous réclamons à l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) qu’elle resserre la réglementation du secteur de l’abattage des animaux. Mercy for Animals a mené des enquêtes, qui ont notamment permis la capture sur caméra cachée des violations répétées d’un abattoir appartenant à Lilydale — soit l’un des plus grands producteurs de volaille au pays. On y voit des animaux se faire renverser violemment, se faire électrocuter douloureusement, se faire mettre en pièces et même se faire ébouillanter vivants dans des réservoirs d’eau chaude. Il est temps de mettre fin à ces abus! L’ACIA a soumis à consultation publique le règlement qu’elle propose en matière de salubrité alimentaire, règlement qui traite de l’abattage des animaux. C’est pourquoi nous avons besoin de vous plus que jamais! Il faut convaincre l’ACIA que les modifications qu’elles proposent ne suffisent pas. Pour cela, le plus grand nombre de Canadiens possibles doivent lui faire part de leur indignation. Une véritable réforme de la réglementation permettrait de mettre fin aux pratiques cruelles du secteur de l’abattage. Nous vous demandons de signer notre pétition demandant à l’administration publique de réviser le règlement qu’elle propose des façons suivantes : Remplacer les méthodes d’abattage par accrochage alors que les animaux sont toujours vivants par des systèmes contrôlés moins cruels qui permettent d’éliminer les souffrances causées aux animaux vivants lorsqu’ils sont accrochés, électrocutés ou égorgés Donner une formation exhaustive sur le traitement des animaux et la reconnaissance des maladies et des blessures à tous les employés  Arrêter la chaîne de production lorsqu’il y a mauvais traitement d’un animal ou abattage d’un animal conscient et imposer des sanctions dissuasives et des amendes lorsque des instances ne respectent pas ces modalités Bannir l’utilisation des aiguillons électriques et d’autres appareils causant des souffrances similaires Installer des caméras pour diffuser en direct (en ligne) le traitement des animaux et ainsi dissuader les producteurs de faire souffrir les animaux Ne tardez pas — les commentaires doivent être reçus d’ici le 21 avril! Faites-vous entendre et faites part de votre indignation! Nous vous demandons de signer notre pétition qui réclame que l’ACIA adopte des lois plus rigoureuses en matière de bien-être des animaux.  Une fois que vous aurez signé la pétition, nous aimerions que vous la publiiez sur les plateformes de médias sociaux afin de montrer à l’administration que les Canadiens veulent une réglementation plus rigoureuse en matière de protection des animaux. Cordialement,Krista HiddemaMercy For AnimalsVice-présidente, Canada

Mercy For Animals
1,359 supporters
Petitioning CFIA, Richard Arsenault

End the Cruelest Slaughter Practices in Canada

Every year, millions of animals are cut open and even scalded alive while still conscious and able to feel pain. Please take 20 seconds to speak out against this horrific animal abuse and other cruel slaughter practices by signing this petition calling on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to strengthen slaughter regulations. Investigations by Mercy For Animals, including a shocking hidden-camera exposé of a slaughterhouse owned by Lilydale—one of the largest poultry companies in Canada—have repeatedly documented animals violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, cut open, and sometimes even scalded alive in hot water tanks. These abuses must end! The CFIA is asking for comments on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which includes slaughter regulations.That’s why we need your help now! The CFIA needs to hear from as many Canadians as possible that the proposed amendments don’t go far enough. Meaningful regulations must end the cruelest slaughter practices. Please sign our petition calling on the Canadian government to amend the proposed slaughter regulations to include the following: Replacing live-shackle slaughter methods for poultry with less cruel controlled atmosphere systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, and cutting the throats of conscious animals Providing comprehensive training in animal handling and identification of illness and injury in animals for all employees Stopping the production line for mishandling of an animal or for failure to render an animal unconscious before slaughter and issuing dissuasive fines and penalties for noncompliance Banning the use of electric prods and other cruel devices Installing cameras that live stream to the internet to deter malicious animal abuse. Hurry—the comment period ends on April 21! Make your voice heard by speaking out today! Please sign the petition to tell the CFIA to adopt meaningful animal welfare laws. Once you’ve signed, please share the petition on social media so we can show the government that Canadians want stronger animal protection regulations. Sincerely,Krista HiddemaMercy For AnimalsVice President, Canada

Mercy For Animals
22,541 supporters
Petitioning Bill Gregson, Ken Grondin, Jay Dorant

Swiss Chalet: Publicly Commit to Improved Chicken Welfare Standards

Hello, my name is Hannah. If you care about preventing animal cruelty, I’m asking for your help. On typical factory farms, most chickens are bred to grow so large, so fast, they are crippled by their own weight. They often suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand. Unlike other major food companies such as Tim Horton's, Burger King, Starbucks, Boston Pizza, Earls, and many others, Swiss Chalet has failed to adopt a chicken welfare policy that would effectively prevent these abuses. It’s time that Swiss Chalet's leadership answer consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability. Please join me in asking Swiss Chalet’s leadership to adopt the same meaningful broiler chicken welfare commitment as its competitors. Swiss Chalet should publicly pledge to meet the broiler chicken welfare standards of the internationally recognized Global Animal Partnership (GAP) on breed, stocking density, and environment (including light and enrichments standards). Don’t eat at Swiss Chalet until the company publicly adopts an effective and adequate chicken welfare policy.  

Mercy For Animals
17,612 supporters
Petitioning Paul Brown, John Bowie, Rob Lynch, David Pipes, Melissa Strait, Christopher Fuller, Emily Paradowski

Arby's: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!

Arby's has always touted its commitment to corporate social responsibility and humane treatment of animals. Unfortunately, Mercy For Animals has recently learned that Arby's profits from the horrific animal cruelty it claims to reject.  Arby's allows its suppliers to abuse chickens in ways other chains have banned for being too cruel. Raised in near total darkness, many birds are bred to grow so large, so fast, they collapse under their own weight. They often suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand and spend almost all their time sitting in their own waste. At slaughter, they are shackled upside down and shocked with electricity before their throats are cut open—all while fully conscious. Many are even scalded alive. Unlike other restaurants, Arby's has failed to publish a chicken welfare policy. Arby's has already fallen behind the leadership of Burger King, Qdoba, Subway, Jack in the Box, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Fridays, Noodles & Company, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Shake Shack, and Quiznos, restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving chicken welfare in their supply chains. If current CEO Paul Brown can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Arby's to find a CEO who can. Please ask Arby's leaders to adopt the same comprehensive animal welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors and boycott their restaurants until they do. Arby's should live up to its “PurposeFULL” brand and agree to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; do not use live-shackle slaughter; and provide enrichments, reduced stocking density, and improved light and litter quality. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.

Mercy For Animals
86,442 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Steve DeSutter, Kat Cole, Bruce Schroder, Richard Kamph, Michelle Crum Longo

Moe's Southwest Grill: Commit to Reducing Chicken Suffering

Did your chicken come from a house of horrors? If you eat at Moe's, the answer is probably yes. Moe's has failed to publicly commit to a meaningful chicken welfare policy. Without a comprehensive policy, Moe's leaves room for its suppliers to abuse chickens in ways other chains have banned for being too cruel. Chickens may be raised in near total darkness, many bred to grow so large and fast they collapse under their own weight. Many may suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand and spend almost all their time sitting in their own waste. At slaughter, they may be shackled upside down and shocked with electricity before their throats are cut open—all while fully conscious. Many may even be scalded alive. Unlike other restaurant chains, Moe's has failed to publish a chicken welfare policy addressing abuses inflicted on chickens in its supply chain. Moe's has already fallen behind Qdoba, Burger King, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Pret A Manger, chains with detailed public commitments for improving the welfare of chickens in their supply chains, and other massive food companies, including Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo, which have done the same. If current CEO Steve DeSutter can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Moe's to find a new CEO who can. Please join Mercy For Animals in asking Moe's leaders to adopt the same comprehensive chicken welfare commitments as their competitors. And let’s boycott their restaurants until they do. Moe's should agree to comply with Global Animal Partnership’s standards, which require companies to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; provide enrichments, including improved litter and lighting; and reduce stocking density. Additionally, Moe's should agree to stop using chickens who have been processed using live-shackle slaughter. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.

Mercy For Animals
52,667 supporters
Petitioning Todd Penegor, Robert Wright, Gunther Plosch, David Trimm, Wendy's

Wendy’s: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!

Wendy’s has long been an industry leader. But by continuing to use chickens raised in cruel houses of horrors, Wendy’s is ignoring the public’s booming calls for better animal welfare. The chickens Wendy’s uses are packed into dark, crowded warehouses by the tens of thousands. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste. Continual contact with soiled litter causes extreme feather loss and painful sores on the chickens’ bodies and feet. To prevent chickens from walking around, many farmers keep the farms in near darkness all day long. Most birds will not see the sun until the day they are killed. Many die from organ failure. And the lives of those who do survive these houses of horrors end the same way: The birds are shackled upside down by their feet, have their throats cut open, and bleed to death. Wendy’s has also fallen behind several leading food companies, including Burger King, Boston Market, Subway, Jack in the Box, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, Noodles & Company, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Shake Shack, and Quiznos, all of which have already committed to ending the use of chickens raised in these unconscionable conditions. Please ask Wendy’s leaders to adopt the same basic animal welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors and boycott their restaurants until they do. Wendy’s should agree to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; do not use live-shackle slaughter; and provide enrichments, reduced stocking density, and improved light and litter quality.

Mercy For Animals
112,548 supporters