Mercy For Animals

1,020,438 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 Ronaldo labrudi, Christophe Jose Hidalgo, Belmiro De Figueiredo Gomes, Daniela Sabbag, Antonio Sergio Salvador, Jean-Charles Naour, Arnaud Strasser, Hervé Daudin, Yves Desjacques, Julien Lagubeau, ...

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 

Mercy For Animals
286,675 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
259,305 supporters
Petitioning Doug McMillon

Tell Walmart Brazil to Stop Selling Eggs from Confined Hens

Did your eggs come from caged hens? If you shop at Walmart Brazil stores, the answer is likely yes. New video footage shot at a factory farm that provides eggs to a Walmart Brazil egg supplier reveals the disturbing reality for birds crammed in tiny cages. Unable to walk freely, spread her wings, or rest comfortably, each hen spends her miserable life on floor space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper. In these unsanitary conditions, sickness, disease, and death run rampant. The video reveals birds trapped in sharp cage wire or under feed troughs, trampled by their cagemates and unable to reach food and water. Surrounded by the stench of excrement and rotting corpses of other hens, this grim existence is the only one these tortured animals will ever know. Battery cages are so inhumane they have been banned in the European Union and many U.S. states. Walmart has already agreed to go cage-free in the United States and Canada; yet in Brazil, the company continues to buy from egg suppliers that cram hens into cruel cages. Even leading food retailers in Brazil, including Burger King, Subway, McDonald's, KFC, and Spoleto, have publicly pledged to switch to cage-free eggs. It’s time for Walmart Brazil to do the same. Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on Walmart to prevent animal torture by prohibiting cruel cages in its entire egg supply chain. Thank you.

Mercy For Animals
37,234 supporters
Petitioning Chili's, Kelli Valade, Wyman Roberts, Scarlett May

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
74,759 supporters
Petitioning Bill Gregson, Ken Grondin, Jay Dorant

Swiss Chalet: Publicly Commit to Improved Chicken Welfare Standards

Hello, my name is Hannah. If you care about preventing animal cruelty, I’m asking for your help. On typical factory farms, most chickens are bred to grow so large, so fast, they are crippled by their own weight. They often suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand. Unlike other major food companies such as Tim Horton's, Burger King, Starbucks, Boston Pizza, Earls, and many others, Swiss Chalet has failed to adopt a chicken welfare policy that would effectively prevent these abuses. It’s time that Swiss Chalet's leadership answer consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability. Please join me in asking Swiss Chalet’s leadership to adopt the same meaningful broiler chicken welfare commitment as its competitors. Swiss Chalet should publicly pledge to meet the broiler chicken welfare standards of the internationally recognized Global Animal Partnership (GAP) on breed, stocking density, and environment (including light and enrichments standards). Don’t eat at Swiss Chalet until the company publicly adopts an effective and adequate chicken welfare policy.  

Mercy For Animals
17,752 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 allows 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
103,281 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
52,612 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
90,208 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
47,386 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
51,226 supporters