Mercy For Animals

937,804 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 Chili's, Kelli Valade, Wyman Roberts

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
5,215 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
1,292 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
18,381 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
83,156 supporters
Petitioning Steve DeSutter, Paul Damico, 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
51,658 supporters
Petitioning Todd Penegor, Robert Wright, Gunther Plosch, David Trimm, Wendy's

Wendy’s: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!

Wendy’s has always claimed to take corporate responsibility and the humane treatment of animals seriously. Unfortunately, Mercy For Animals has recently learned that Wendy’s actually profits from horrific animal cruelty it claims to reject. Wendy’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 are crippled by their own weight. They often 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, Wendy’s has failed to improve its chicken welfare policy. Wendy’s has already fallen behind the leadership of Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Le Pain Quotidien, and Pret A Manger, restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving the welfare of chickens in their supply chains. If current CEO Todd Penegor can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Wendy’s to find a new CEO who can. 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. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.

Mercy For Animals
84,420 supporters
Victory
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
90,352 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
172,742 supporters
Petitioning Enrique Peña Nieto, José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Dip. Edmundo Javier Bolaños Aguilar, Dip. César Camacho Quiroz, Marko Cortés Mendoza, Francisco Martínez Neri, Dip. Jesús Sesma Suárez, Dip. Norma...

Tell the Mexican Government to Stop Bludgeoning Animals to Death

Hi. I’m Eugenio Derbez and I need your help. If you’re like me, you care about animals and you don’t want them to be abused. But what’s happening inside Mexican slaughterhouses will shock and disgust you. I teamed up with Mercy For Animals after watching some of the most upsetting footage of animal cruelty I’d ever seen. All of it was filmed by their investigators at government-owned-and-operated slaughterhouses across Mexico, often with government inspectors standing idly by. I watched the video in horror as animals were tied up, shocked for no reason, brutally and repeatedly bludgeoned with sledgehammers, and then stabbed in the back of the head. Their eyes widened in fear and pain. Often, after suffering through all of this, they were still conscious when workers began to dismember them. This is disgusting and simply unacceptable. In Mexico, the law requires animals to be rendered insensible to pain before being slaughtered, but this is not happening. Slaughterhouses are breaking the law. As a Mexican citizen and animal advocate, I am outraged. If you help me, I believe we can end this horror. Please join me and Mercy For Animals in calling on the Federal Government of Mexico to strengthen laws and ensure animals are at least properly stunned and rendered insensible to pain before they are cut open and dismembered—and to prosecute anyone who breaks the law. This is a common-sense measure that would greatly alleviate the suffering of millions of animals a year in Mexico. Thank you. Eugenio Derbez

Mercy For Animals
273,411 supporters
Petitioning David Scrivano, Tracey Fletcher, Martin Langlois, Marianne Schuts, Wendy MacKinnon

Little Caesars: Stop the Animal Cruelty and Go Cage-Free!

Little Caesars: Stop Using Eggs From Animals Crammed in Cruel Cages Little Caesars is a leader among North America’s top restaurant chains. But Little Caesars is no leader among the growing number of companies rejecting cruel cages for egg-laying hens. Today’s egg factory farms subject millions of hens to unspeakable cruelty and neglect. Hens used for eggs are crammed into wire cages so small the birds can’t walk, spread their wings, or engage in other natural behaviours. Many birds become trapped and painfully mangled in cage wire or under 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.  Hundreds of major food companies, including McDonald’s, Boston Pizza, Burger King, Panago Pizza, Subway, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Pizza Delight, TGI Friday’s, Wendy’s, Quiznos, and Pizza Pizza, have already made public commitments to eliminating battery cages from their supply chains in both Canada and the United States. It’s high time Little Caesars listened to its consumers and adopted a cage-free policy for all eggs used in its meals. Please sign this petition asking Little Caesars to stop cramming birds into cruel cages and to set a firm deadline for going 100 percent cage-free for all eggs used in its meals. The animals need your voice!

Mercy For Animals
157,177 supporters