Mercy For Animals

1,206,715 supporters

Mercy For Animals’ vision is a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.

Started 10 petitions

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Petitioning Aroma Espresso Bar

Tell Aroma Espresso Bar Canada to take a stand for animals!

Aroma Espresso Bar Canada has no public policy to prevent horrific suffering of the chickens used in its menu items. Aroma Espresso Bar Canada should publicly pledge not to purchase chickens from facilities that use breeds that grow so fast they can’t support their own weight or that slaughter chickens by hanging them by their feet, dragging them through electrified water, and then cutting their throats—sometimes while the birds are fully conscious.   Aroma Espresso Bar Canada has fallen behind the leadership of other Canadian food companies on issues of animal welfare and transparency. Other Canadian food chains have published commitments to comprehensive animal welfare standards for the chickens in their supply chains, banning many of the cruelest factory farming practices. These chains include Starbucks, Burger King, Tim Hortons, Pita Pit, and Campbell’s. But Aroma Espresso Bar Canada has failed to publish a comprehensive animal welfare policy for the chickens raised and slaughtered in its supply chain. Mercy For Animals has informed thousands of consumers of Aroma Espresso Bar Canada’s failure to take action on this issue, yet the company still fails to act. Important Campaign Update: We have new plans to take to the streets! We will be in the company’s home city of Toronto leafleting outside Aroma Espresso Bar locations near university campuses, starting in the early weeks of January 2019. Please join us in telling Aroma Espresso Bar Canada to commit to a public policy that does better for chickens!

Mercy For Animals
5,711 supporters
Petitioning Tokyo Olympics

Better Animal Welfare at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

We want animal welfare standards at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! Unlike other recent Olympic games, the Tokyo Olympics does not intend to consider animal welfare when choosing food sources. As of now, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics plans to source food from suppliers that allow terrible practices, such as live-shackle slaughter, confinement in gestation crates and battery cages, and horrific neglect. Eggs-Cage confinement of chickens is one of the worst forms of cruelty in the egg industry. Caged chickens suffer most of their lives unable to engage in many natural behaviors. Egg-laying hens live in crowded, feces-ridden cages and are often slaughtered before the age of two. In 2012, the London Olympics banned eggs produced by caged birds. And in 2016, the Rio Olympics required cage-free eggs, such as those from organic farms using organic chicken feed. But the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has not established standards for how chickens are raised. Chicken-Chickens raised for meat are often crammed into dark warehouses with little room to move. They are bred to grow so large that many cannot walk or stand without immense pain. Many birds are killed by being shackled upside down and having their throats cut while still fully conscious. Both the London and the Rio Olympics sourced chicken from suppliers who rear birds at a lower density and provide some natural light. The Tokyo Olympics has no plan to hold suppliers to such standards. Pork-Much like chickens in battery cages, sows in gestation crates suffer terribly. They are given so little space that they often cannot turn around. The London Olympics required that pork come from farms that do not confine pigs in gestation crates. The Rio Olympics made no such official requirement, but large companies such as JBS in Brazil banned gestation crates before the 2016 games. Several other companies followed JBS and voluntarily implemented better welfare standards for pigs. The Tokyo Olympics, however, has no plans to require better animal welfare standards. Help us change this! The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is not that far from now! Please help us make a difference for animals by signing and sharing this petition!  

Mercy For Animals
17,767 supporters
Petitioning Andre Nogueira, Cameron Bruett, Martin Dooley, Denilson Molina, Tim Goodmann, Rogério Peres, Lance Kotschwar

Tell JBS to Ban Gestation Crates and Painful Mutilations

I will never forget their screams. The horrific animal abuse I witnessed while working undercover at a pig factory farm that supplies to JBS—the world’s largest meat company—will haunt me for the rest of my life. Workers at this facility punched and kicked pigs in the face and violently smashed piglets’ heads into hard concrete. Piglets were ripped from their mothers and mutilated right in front of their eyes. All of this was done without any pain relief. Unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably, mother pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed inside tiny cages. It was heartbreaking to see these incredibly intelligent and social animals become so stressed and frustrated that they repeatedly bit the bars of their cages—a sign of serious mental collapse. "Gestation crates" are so cruel they have been banned in 10 U.S. states, Canada, and the entire European Union. Nearly all major food companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, have demanded their suppliers ban these cruel cages. Even major pork producers, like Smithfield, have committed to banning gestation crates at their company-owned and contract farms. But JBS continues to allow this blatant animal abuse by its suppliers. Because of caring people like you who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we have already seen some of the biggest companies make important changes that significantly help millions of animals. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on JBS to prohibit its pork suppliers worldwide from cramming pigs into tiny cages and to put an end to mutilations without pain relief. Then, share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too. Thank you. “Tyler”                                                                                 Undercover Investigator  

Mercy For Animals
518,597 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Tell USDA: Stop Excluding 98 Percent of Animals from the Humane Slaughter Act!

Did you know that the United States Department of Agriculture has decided that the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act doesn’t apply to poultry, who make up 98 percent of all land animals slaughtered for food? As a result, nearly 9 billion animals each year are killed in the most horrific and brutal ways. Please take 20 seconds to speak out against this unconscionable animal abuse by signing Mercy For Animals’ petition calling on the USDA to start protecting chickens, turkeys, and all other poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Investigations by Mercy For Animals, including shocking hidden-camera exposés of slaughterhouses owned by Tyson and Foster Farms, have repeatedly documented birds violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, cut open, and sometimes even scalded alive in hot water tanks. These abuses must end! But we need your help. Mercy For Animals has filed a historic petition urging the USDA to start including poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The USDA needs to hear from as many Americans as possible that we want meaningful regulations that end the cruelest slaughter practices.   Please sign our petition calling on the USDA to include protections for poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Once you’ve signed, please share this petition on social media!

Mercy For Animals
261,121 supporters
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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
52,550 supporters
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Petitioning Qdoba , Keith Guilbault, Scott Thaxton, Lenny Comma, Jerry Rebel, Phillip Rudolph

Qdoba Mexican Eats: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!

Hello. My name is Joe Wexler. If you care about preventing cruelty to animals, I’m asking for your help. Did your chicken come from a house of horrors? If you eat at Qdoba, the answer is likely yes. Qdoba 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 are crippled by their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe the animals can’t stand, so they 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, Qdoba refuses to publish a basic chicken welfare policy. Qdoba has already fallen behind the leadership of Chipotle, Panera Bread, Shake Shack, Le Pain Quotidien, Pret A Manger, and Starbucks—restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving the welfare of chickens in their supply chains. If current CEO Keith Guilbault can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Qdoba to find a new CEO who can.  Please join me in asking Qdoba’s leaders to adopt the same basic welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors, and stand with me in boycotting their restaurants until they do. Qdoba 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. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.

Mercy For Animals
90,102 supporters
Petitioning James Snee

Hormel: Stop Mutilating Pigs and Cramming Them into Tiny Crates

I will never forget their screams. The horrific animal abuse I witnessed while working undercover at a pig factory farm owned by The Maschhoffs—one of the largest U.S. pork producers and a supplier to Hormel Foods—will haunt me for the rest of my life. Workers kicked, hit, and beat piglets with gas cans. They chopped off their tails and ripped out their testicles while these baby animals squealed in agony. No pain relief was ever provided.  Their mothers had it just as bad. Unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably, mother pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed inside tiny, filthy gestation crates. It was heartbreaking to see these incredibly intelligent and social animals become so frustrated by extreme confinement that they repeatedly bit the bars of their tiny cages—a sign of serious mental collapse. Gestation crates are so inhumane they have been banned in 10 U.S. states, Canada, and the entire European Union. Nearly all major food companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Even major pork producers like Smithfield have committed to phasing out gestation crates at their company-owned and contract farms. In addition to eliminating gestation crates, Walmart and Nestlé—two of the largest companies in the entire world—have committed to ending the agonizing mutilation of animals in their supply chains by prohibiting cruel practices like tail docking and castration without pain relief.  But Hormel continues to allow these blatant forms of animal abuse by their contract suppliers. Because of caring people like you who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we have already seen some of the biggest companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Hormel to stop torturing animals and adopt meaningful animal welfare requirements to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain. Thank you. “Danielle”                                                                                       Undercover Investigator

Mercy For Animals
196,678 supporters
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Petitioning Clifford Hudson, Claudia San Pedro, John Budd, Eddie Saroch, Christi Woodworth, Sonic Drive-In, Tony Bartel, Lauren Hobart, Kathy Taylor, Jeffrey Schutz, J. Larry Nichols

Sonic Drive-In: Don’t Sell Food Made from Tortured Animals!

Sonic allows its suppliers to treat chickens in horrific ways that Burger King and others have banned for being too cruel. Please sign this petition asking them to stop! Our family lives in Tulsa, not far from Sonic’s Oklahoma City headquarters, so we’re very familiar with Sonic and the company’s message about “doing the right thing.” Well, Sonic, allowing your suppliers to shackle chickens upside down, dunk them in electrified water, and cut open their throats—often all while the birds are fully conscious—is doing the WRONG thing. And it turns out Sonic actually agrees. In 2010, Sonic said it would “challenge its poultry suppliers to convert to an animal welfare-friendly” alternative system. But seven years later, nothing has changed: Even though Burger King, Jack in the Box, Subway, and dozens of other companies have committed to banning live-shackle slaughter, Sonic has not. As the mom of a little girl who grew up with a turkey friend named Abner, it breaks my heart to think about millions of birds suffering for Sonic. The powers that be at Sonic can eliminate so much horrible cruelty just by making the same basic welfare commitments as their competitors. And if they truly care about doing the right thing, they will. Thank you for speaking up for animals! Debbie BVolunteer, Mercy For Animals 

Mercy For Animals
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