Mercy For Animals

1,323,140 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 Conseil national de protection des animaux d'élevage, Jackie Wepruk, Michelle Sanders, Marion Popkin, Michel Dignard, Yan Turmine, Terry Fisk, Erika Paul, Virginie Rochet, Geneviève Bénard, Armand ...

Arrêtez la torture des lapins au Canada

Si vous étiez propriétaire d’un lapin, l’enfermeriez-vous dans une petite cage pour toute sa vie, ne lui permettant jamais de se déplacer librement au point qu’il développe des lésions douloureuses à ses pieds causées par les câbles de sa cage ? La plupart considèreraient ceci comme de la cruauté envers les animaux, mais ce que je viens de décrire est la réalité pour la grande majorité des lapins élevés pour la viande au Canada. Dans la nature, les lapins sont sociables, actifs et ludiques. Leurs jambes parfaitement adaptées leur permettent de sauter sur de grandes distances - jusqu'à un mètre de haut et trois mètres de long. Bien que leur physique soit semblable à celui des lièvres, les lapins élevés pour la nourriture vivent dans un isolement extrême, dans la peur et la souffrance – tout cela pour finir en un ragoût de lapin.  La plupart des lapins élevés pour la viande au Canada sont abrités dans des cages si petites qu'ils sont incapables de se déplacer librement. Les cages sont si petites que les lapins ne peuvent même pas allonger leurs oreilles quand ils sont assis. Les lapins développent régulièrement des lésions atroces sur leurs pieds parce qu’ils passent leur vie debout sur les câbles de leur cage. Pour un animal qui est fait pour la vitesse et l'agilité, cet emprisonnement est cruel et inutile. Ça suffit. Le Conseil national de protection des animaux d'élevage (CNACC)  a publié un code de pratique qui permettra aux éleveurs de lapins de continuer à entasser ces animaux sensibles et intelligents dans de minuscules cages métalliques. Signez notre pétition réclamant au CNACC qu’il cesse de permettre une maltraitance aussi flagrante envers les animaux et qu’il exige que les lapins soient, au minimum, logés dans des cages améliorées ou des systèmes de parcs qui : Permettent à tous les lapins de s'allonger, de se toiletter, d'ajuster leur posture, de se retourner, de se déplacer et de s'asseoir debout avec les oreilles dressées sans toucher le haut de l'enclos ; Accordent aux lapins en pleine croissance la chance de socialiser et un espace supplémentaire pour sauter, courir, ramper et changer de direction rapidement, sans aucune restriction quant à la hauteur à laquelle ils peuvent sauter ; Soient équipés de plates-formes, d'objets à ronger, de nattes en plastique, et de matériaux de nidification. C'est le moment d'agir ! Faites entendre votre voix en vous exprimant contre cet horrible abus. Prenez des mesures aujourd'hui et dites au CNACC que le moment est venu de protéger les animaux contre les souffrances inutiles. Cordialement,Krista HiddemaMercy for AnimalsVice-président, Canada

Mercy For Animals
26,759 supporters
Petitioning National Farm Animal Care Council, Jackie Wepruk, Caroline Ramsay, Marion Popkin, Michel Dignard, Yan Turmine, Terry Fisk, Erika Paul, Virginie Rochet, Geneviève Bénard, Armand Plourde, Jean-Philip...

Stop the Torture of Rabbits in Canada

If you were a rabbit guardian, would you keep your companion locked in a tiny cage for her entire life, never allowing her to take a single hop, and neglecting her to the point that she developed painful lesions on her feet from the cage wire?  Most would consider this blatant animal cruelty, but what I just described is the reality for the vast majority of rabbits raised for meat in Canada.In nature, rabbits are sociable, active, and playful. Their extremely strong hind limbs allow them to leap great distances—up to one metre high and three metres long. Though physically quite similar to wild rabbits, rabbits bred for food live in extreme confinement, fear, and suffering—all to end up in rabbit stew. Most rabbits raised for meat in Canada are housed in cages so small the animals are unable to take a single hop, let alone a three-metre jump. The cages are so tiny, in fact, that rabbits can’t even extend their ears when sitting upright. Rabbits often develop excruciating lesions on their feet due to a lifetime spent standing on uncomfortable bare wire. For an animal who is built for speed and agility, this unnecessary imprisonment is indisputably cruel and needs to end. The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) has drafted a code of practice that will allow rabbit factory farmers to continue cramming these sensitive and intelligent animals into tiny, barren wire cages. Please sign our petition calling on NFACC to prohibit such blatant animal abuse and require rabbits to be, at a minimum, housed in enriched cages or park systems that: allow all rabbits to lie down, groom, adjust their posture, turn around, move about within the enclosure, and sit upright with ears fully erect without touching the top of the enclosure; provide growing rabbits with social opportunities and additional space to hop, run, crawl, and change direction quickly, with no restriction on how high they can jump; and are equipped with platforms, gnawing objects, slatted plastic mats, nesting materials, and long fibre. Now is the time to act! Make your voice heard by speaking out against this horrific animal abuse. Please take action today and tell NFACC that the time is now to protect animals from needless suffering. Sincerely,Krista HiddemaMercy For AnimalsVice President, Canada

Mercy For Animals
26,759 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 refuses 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
77,827 supporters
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
90,274 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
168,833 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
261,977 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
156,539 supporters
Petitioning CEO Rick Smith

Dairy Farmers of America: Stop Letting Baby Cows Be Taken Away From Their Mothers!

Does your milk come from tortured animals? If you buy milk from Dairy Farmers of America, such as Kemps®, Dairy Maid Dairy®, or Guida's Dairy® brand milk, the answer is probably yes. On farms that supply Dairy Farmers of America with milk, baby cows are dragged away from their moms just hours after being born. Mother cows have been known to wail all night in desperation after their babies have been taken away. These baby cows are then fed anemic diets and sold for veal, while the moms are treated as mere milk-producing machines. Ripping babies away from their mom just after they’re born is animal cruelty that no company with morals should support.

Mercy For Animals
122,158 supporters
Petitioning Steve Parkhill

Dites à l’industrie de la dinde d’arrêter d’ébouillanter des animaux vivants

J’ai travaillé dans un abattoir de la compagnie Lilydale au Canada et j’ai été scandalisé par le traitement horrible des animaux et la souffrance dont j’ai été témoin.J’ai vu des travailleurs tirant brusquement les dindes hors de leur cage avant de les accrocher violemment par les pattes sur la ligne d’abattage. Par la suite, les dindes effrayées étaient électrocutées dans un réservoir d’eau électrifiée, mais elles demeuraient conscientes et encore capables de ressentir la douleur lorsqu’elles se faisaient trancher la gorge. Plusieurs dindes étaient même encore vivantes au moment d’être plongées dans des réservoirs pour être ébouillantées jusqu’à ce que mort s’ensuive.Grâce à un système de caméras cachées, j’ai été en mesure de tout enregistrer sur vidéo. J’ai aussi dénoncé ces abus à la direction qui n’a rien fait pour corriger la situation. En fait, tout ce dont j’ai été témoin est considéré comme la façon normale de faire les choses dans les abattoirs de dindes partout au pays. Les employés avec qui j’ai pu discuter étaient d’accord pour dire que ces animaux étaient torturés à mort. Leur souffrance est pratiquement inimaginable.Il n’y a pas de raison pour que les choses se passent comme ça.Joignez-vous à moi afin de demander à Lilydale, une division de Sofina Foods, de mettre fin aux pires formes de maltraitance qui se produisent à l’intérieur de ses installations, en remplaçant sans tarder le système actuel d’abattage par des méthodes moins cruelles, qui éliminent les horribles souffrances causées par l’accrochage, l’électrocution, l’égorgement et l’ébouillantage d’animaux conscients.C’est grâce à des personnes bienveillantes comme vous, qui signent des pétitions comme celle-ci et qui se font entendre au nom des victimes sans voix, que certaines des plus grandes entreprises en alimentation d’Amérique du Nord ont déjà fait des changements importants pour améliorer le bien-être animal et réduire considérablement la souffrance de millions d’animaux.Par exemple, après que des milliers de personnes aient signé une pétition sur Change.org, Maple Leaf Foods, le plus important producteur de viande au Canada, s’est engagé à utiliser des méthodes moins cruelles et à mettre un terme à la torture de la volaille dans ses abattoirs. Il est temps que Sofina Foods fasse de même.Prenez un moment pour signer ma pétition qui demande à Sofina Foods d’arrêter de torturer les dindes et d’adopter de véritables normes de bien-être animal.Merci,« Kurt »Informateur

Mercy For Animals
196,007 supporters
Petitioning Sofina Foods

Tell the Turkey Industry to Stop Scalding Animals Alive

I worked at a Lilydale turkey slaughterhouse in Canada and was sickened by the horrific animal abuse and suffering I witnessed there. I saw workers yank turkeys out of transport crates and violently shackle them upside down on the slaughter line. The frightened birds were then dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but still conscious and able to feel pain when their throats were cut open. Many were still alive when they were submerged in hot water tanks and scalded to death. Using hidden cameras, I recorded it all. I also reported these heartbreaking abuses to management, but saw no corrective actions taken. In fact, everything I witnessed is considered standard practice at turkey slaughterhouses across the country. The workers I spoke with agreed that these animals are essentially tortured to death. Their suffering is almost unimaginable. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Please join me in calling on Lilydale’s parent company, Sofina Foods, to end the worst forms of animal abuse at its facilities, including swiftly ending live-shackle slaughter in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, cutting open, and scalding conscious animals. 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 food companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals. For example, after hearing from thousands of people through Change.org, Maple Leaf Foods, the largest meat producer in Canada, committed to ending the torture of birds at its slaughterhouses by switching to less cruel slaughter systems. It’s time for Sofina Foods to do the same. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Sofina Foods to stop torturing turkeys and adopt meaningful animal welfare standards. Thank you. “Kurt” Whistleblower

Mercy For Animals
196,007 supporters