SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) is New Zealand’s leading animal advocacy organisation. Founded in 1932, SAFE aims to make significant improvements to the lives of animals by raising awareness, challenging cruel practices and changing attitudes.
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Marriott: End Hen Cruelty
Marriott: End Hen Cruelty If Marriott ran its hotels the way its egg suppliers run their factory farms, they would be filthy, small, overcrowded, and dangerous. Marriott brands itself as an upscale and luxurious hotel company, but it has a dark secret. Millions of egg-laying hens throughout Marriott’s global supply chain suffer in cruel cages. Caged hens farmed for their eggs are trapped in huge sheds in metal cages, crammed together on sloping wire floors, unable to open their wings, stand fully upright, dust bathe or move freely. Each hen has little more floor space than the size of a magazine in which to live her entire life. Her body parts can get caught in the caging, which can result in broken bones, deformities, and severe feather loss. Some hens, exhausted or unable to move, are trampled to death by their cage mates. The confinement of hens in cages is one of the most extreme methods of legalised animal cruelty in New Zealand. Hundreds of companies around the world are ditching cage eggs. They are listening to caring people who want an end to cage cruelty. Global commitments to go cage-free are being made by some of the largest companies in the world, including Wyndham Worldwide, Accor Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Unilever, Nestlé, Lidl, Aldi, Aramark, Sodexo, Mondelez, and Compass Group. Even budget fast food companies are moving away from this horrible practice. Marriott has recognised that cages are inhumane and outdated. In 2013, it promised customers that it would go cage-free by 2015, and Marriott received public praise for the pledged move to higher welfare standards. However, three years after that deadline has passed hens are still suffering for Marriott. Customers are tired of false promises and hollow commitments. Even Marriott’s own brand, Starwood, has made a global commitment to completely phase out cage eggs by 2025. Marriott says: “How we do business is as important as the business we do.” Marriott needs to start prioritising how it does business. It needs to follow through on its commitments and work to meet basic animal welfare standards. It’s time for Marriott to make good on its 2013 promise and finally go 100% cage-free globally. Please sign this petition to tell Marriott that you won’t be staying at any of its hotels until it stops supporting this appalling and unnecessary animal abuse.
Starbucks: Please Stop Supporting Cruel Cage Eggs
Starbucks is supposed to stand for more than just coffee. It claims to care deeply about its community and social issues. Yet Starbucks doesn’t extend this care to the millions of egg-laying hens suffering in its global supply chain, including in New Zealand. Starbucks refuses to end its support of farms that imprison hens in tiny, metal cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds, the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them like dust bathe, scratch for food or fully stretch their wings. The tips of their beaks are severed to prevent them from pecking each other out of boredom and stress, and they get sore and injured feet from standing on sloped wire floors. This barren existence is inhumane and shameful to inflict on curious, friendly hens. The majority of Kiwis agree: caging egg-laying hens for their entire lives is just plain wrong. While NZ law is getting rid of battery cages, the new ‘colony cages’ are a con designed to trick the public: it’s simply a bigger cage with more birds inside it and token features. These colony cages provide barely any more room per bird than the previous battery cages and hens still can’t display natural behaviours. Hundreds of companies around the world and in New Zealand are ditching eggs from cages. Global commitments to end cruel cages are being made by some of the largest companies in the world including McDonald’s, General Mills, Unilever, Nestle, Lidl, Aldi, Wyndham Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels, Aramark, Sodexo, Mondelez and Compass Group. Even low-end fast food companies and US prisons are moving away from this horrible practice. Starbucks, however, has failed to join this movement towards better treatment of animals globally. In its responsible company statement, Starbucks NZ says: “We have always believed Starbucks can – and should – have a positive impact on the communities we serve. One person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.” Starbucks has fallen behind global and domestic standards on animal welfare, and needs to follow its own mission statement and cut the cruelty – one cage, one hen, one egg at a time. The world is now looking to Starbucks to meet established basic animal welfare standards and do its part in abolishing some of the worst factory farm abuses. By signing this petition, you’re sending a strong message to Starbucks that this cruelty must stop. Cage eggs don’t belong in our cafés in 2018. Please sign and share this petition. Together we can save the hens!
Stop Supporting Farms that Cage Hens
The majority of consumers agree: caging egg-laying hens for their entire lives is just plain wrong. That’s why companies like Grupo Bimbo, Unilever, Barilla, Sodexo, ALDI, and many others have all made a global commitment to end their support of cruel cage farms. But General Mills refuses to end its support of farms that confine hens in tiny, filthy cages. These cages are so packed with birds that the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them. Not only food manufacturers but top grocery chains and hospitality companies are phasing out cages from their global supply chains. Even some of the top egg producers in the world have stated they are moving away from cages and that cage-free is the future. General Mills, itself, has pledged to eliminate this cruel practice in the US and Canada but refuses to do so within its global supply chain. Please sign this petition to tell General Mills that you won’t be purchasing any of their products as long as they support these cages.