Mercy For Animals

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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 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
16,388 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
502,602 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
52,585 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
90,172 supporters
Victory
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
47,368 supporters
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Petitioning John Quinn, Glenn Evans, Brad Clark, Chris Podesto, Bill Cote, Bob Gutierrez

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!

Mercy For Animals
533 supporters
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Petitioning Eggland's Best

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

Mercy For Animals
190,465 supporters
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Petitioning Charles Butt

H-E-B: Stop Selling Eggs from Hens Crammed into Cruel Cages

They say “everything’s bigger in Texas," and that unfortunately includes animal abuse at Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B. While a growing number of companies have committed to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs, H-E-B continues to cram countless birds into cruel cages. Caged egg production is widely considered one of the most egregious forms of animal abuse. Hens are stuffed into wire cages so small the birds can’t walk, fully spread their wings, or engage in other natural behaviors for nearly their entire lives. Many birds become trapped and painfully mangled in cage wire or under feed trays and often suffer and die. Dead hens are left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption. Competitors of H-E-B, including Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, ALDI, Food Lion, Giant, Stop & Shop, Costco, Target, and CVS, have already made public commitments to eliminating cages. It’s high time H-E-B also adopted a cage-free policy for all eggs sold in its stores. Please sign this petition telling H-E-B to adopt a 100 percent cage-free egg policy, including an aggressive phase-in timeline, for all eggs sold in its stores and affiliate locations in the U.S. and Mexico. The animals need your voice!

Mercy For Animals
9,133 supporters
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Petitioning Safeway

Safeway: ¡no vendas huevos de gallinas hacinadas en crueles jaulas!

Safeway ha sido un líder en la industria. Pero, al no cambiar a una cadena de suministro de huevo totalmente libre de jaulas, la compañía está ignorando las crecientes llamadas del público interesado en el bienestar de los animales. Además, se queda rezagada de sus competidores, varios de los cuales se han comprometido en los últimos meses a usar huevos provenientes de instalaciones sin jaulas. La crueldad y la negligencia a las cuales son sometidas millones de gallinas en las granjas industriales actuales son indescriptibles. Las gallinas explotadas por sus huevos están hacinadas en jaulas de alambre tan pequeñas que las aves no pueden caminar, extender sus alas ni realizar otros comportamientos naturales. Muchas aves quedan dolorosamente enredadas en el alambre de la jaula o en las bandejas de alimento. Sin atención oportuna, estas aves sufren y mueren. Los cuerpos de las gallinas muertas son ignorados y terminan pudriéndose junto a las aves que siguen poniendo huevos para el consumo humano. Es por eso que Target, Costco y otros tantos se han comprometido a eliminar las crueles jaulas en batería de sus cadenas de suministro. Es hora de que Safeway se ponga a la altura de sus competidores. Por favor, firma la petición decir a Safeway que deje de hacinar aves en crueles jaulas y establezca una fecha límite para que sus tiendas y afiliados sean 100% libres de jaulas. ¡Los animales necesitan su voz!

Mercy For Animals
66,877 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Ronald Kravit (Cerberus Capital Management)

Safeway: Stop Selling Eggs from Animals Crammed in Cruel Cages

Safeway is one of the nation’s leading retailers. But Safeway is no leader among the growing number of companies rejecting cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens. Stuffed into cages so small the birds can’t walk, spread their wings, or engage in other natural behaviors, hens on egg factory farms are subjected to unspeakable cruelty and neglect. Each bird has less floor space than the size of a sheet of notebook paper. Many birds become trapped and painfully mangled in the cage wire or under feed trays. Dead hens are often left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption. Competitors of Safeway, including Ahold, CVS, Target, Costco, and BJ's Wholesale Club, have already made public commitments to eliminate cages. It’s high time Safeway listened to its consumers and adopted a cage-free egg policy. Please sign this petition asking Safeway to stop cramming birds into cruel cages and to set a firm deadline for going 100 percent cage-free in all its stores and affiliate grocers. The animals need your voice!

Mercy For Animals
66,877 supporters