Started 10 petitions
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!
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
Tell Grupo Pão de Açúcar to Stop Selling Pork from Confined and Mutilated Pigs
If you’re like me, you care about animals and you know that farmed animals have the capacity to suffer as much as the dogs and cats we all know and love. But what happens to pigs at an Aurora cooperative factory farm in Brazil will shock and disgust you. Aurora products are sold in Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA) grocery stores. A shocking new investigation exposes the horror of piglets squealing in agony while workers grind down their teeth, slice off their tails, and cut holes in their ears. All of this is done without any pain relief. Mother pigs are treated as mere meat-producing machines. Crammed inside tiny metal gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies, they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. These incredibly intelligent and social animals become so frustrated by extreme confinement that they desperately and repeatedly bite the bars of their cages—a sign of serious mental collapse. This is heartbreaking and absolutely unacceptable. But together, we can end this horror. Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on GPA (which owns stores such as Pão de Açúcar, Extra, and Assaí) to require that its pork suppliers stop mutilating piglets without painkillers and cramming mother pigs into inherently inhumane gestation crates. As the leading market food company in Brazil, GPA has the moral obligation to end the worst forms of animal suffering in its supply chain. Lucas Alvarenga, Vice President, Brazil Mercy For Animals
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!
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.
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.
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
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
TIMES SUPERMARKETS: Stop Selling Eggs From Animals Crammed in Cruel Cages
Times Supermarkets is one of the leading independent grocers. But it’s no leader among the growing number of companies rejecting cruel cages for egg-laying hens. Today’s egg factory farms subject millions of birds 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 behaviors. Many birds become trapped and painfully mangled in cage wire or under feed trays. Without assistance, they suffer and die. Dead hens are forgotten and left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption. Other industry leaders, including Walmart, Costco, and Albertsons, have already publicly committed to eliminating battery cages. It’s high time Times Supermarkets listened to its customers and adopted a cage-free policy for all eggs sold in its stores. Please sign this petition asking Times Supermarkets to stop selling eggs from birds crammed in cruel cages and to set a firm deadline for going cage-free for all eggs sold in its stores. The animals need your voice!
As a worker at Eggland's Best, I uncovered sickening animal cruelty—please help me end it!
Did your eggs come from tortured hens? If you buy Eggland’s Best, the answer is likely yes. How do I know? Because I worked undercover at several egg factory farms that supply Eggland’s Best and took video footage of the conditions. The misery and suffering these animals endure is the stuff of nightmares. But don’t take my word for it. Watch the undercover footage and see for yourself. This egg industry cruelty is sickening—and it must be stopped. If you’ve signed petitions calling on companies to go cage-free before, thank you and congratulations—your signature paid off! Top food retailers and restaurants, including Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, McDonald’s, and Starbucks, and more than 100 other companies have pledged to go cage-free in just the past year. They made cage-free pledges because people like you are outraged by the millions of egg-laying hens suffering in filthy wire cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings. You took action and signed the petitions calling on these companies to make a change. But one major company seems stuck in the past and refuses to take a stand against blatant animal abuse: Eggland’s Best. My hidden-camera video shows just how cruelly hens in Eggland’s Best’s supply chain are treated: Thousands of hens are crammed inside cages so small the birds can’t freely walk, spread their wings, or even rest comfortably. Birds suffer from feather loss caused by rubbing against the bars of their tiny wire cages. Countless dead hens are left to rot in cages with live birds still laying eggs for human consumption. Workers violently yank birds out of their cages by their wings or necks and throw them on top of each other in garbage cans to be gassed to death. It’s time for Eggland’s Best to stop cramming birds into torturous cages and commit to a 100 percent cage-free policy—just like so many other major companies have already done! Please, take a moment to sign my petition so that all of my work and risk in gathering this important evidence is not in vain. The cruelty I witnessed can be stopped. That’s why I am asking you to help me urge Eggland’s Best to stop stuffing egg-laying hens into cages. Thank you. “Jeff” Whistleblower