The Humane League

180,851 supporters

Since our founding in 2005, our mission has been to save the lives of as many animals as possible and to reduce as much animal cruelty as we can. We want a world where people, companies and legislators are making choices that help and not hurt animals, a world in which all animals are treated with the same respect and compassion that we show to our beloved family dog or cat. We invest our time, money and energy where they will do the most good for the greatest number of animals. As a result, our primary focus is on farmed animal issues. Farmed animals represent over 98% of the animals used and killed in the United States, and because they are excluded from state anti-cruelty laws they suffer intensely on today's "factory farms."

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Olive Garden

Demand better from your chicken suppliers!

In the first six weeks of their lives, chickens raised for Olive Garden’s supply chain will live through the worst suffering imaginable. They are unable to move, not only because they have been selectively bred to grow so large, so fast that their young legs cannot hold the weight, but because they are crammed inside filthy sheds with hundreds of thousands of other birds. They are forced to lay in litter soaked in excrement, and the toxic ammonia burns their feet, chest, and lungs. How can Olive Garden’s motto be “we’re all family here,” when thousands of birds are suffering, in some cases literally to death, for its menu items? Animal abuse is not a family value. Fortunately, there is momentum to reform this abusive industry. Restaurants such as Starbucks, Chipotle, TGI Fridays, Red Robin, and dozens of others have released comprehensive, meaningful commitments to address the welfare concerns facing chickens raised for meat. Why is Olive Garden refusing to join this positive momentum? It’s time for Olive Garden to make a change. Please sign this petition to help us encourage the leadership at Darden, Olive Garden’s parent company, to commit to a firm plan to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
44,720 supporters
Petitioning Olive Garden

Demand better from your chicken suppliers!

In the first six weeks of their lives, chickens raised for Olive Garden’s supply chain will live through the worst suffering imaginable. They are unable to move, not only because they have been selectively bred to grow so large, so fast that their young legs cannot hold the weight, but because they are crammed inside filthy sheds with hundreds of thousands of other birds. They are forced to lay in litter soaked in excrement, and the toxic ammonia burns their feet, chest, and lungs.How can Olive Garden’s motto be “we’re all family here,” when thousands of birds are suffering, in some cases literally to death, for its menu items? Animal abuse is not a family value. Fortunately, there is momentum to reform this abusive industry. Restaurants such as Starbucks, Chipotle, TGI Fridays, Red Robin, and dozens of others have released comprehensive, meaningful commitments to address the welfare concerns facing chickens raised for meat. Why is Olive Garden refusing to join this positive momentum? It’s time for Olive Garden to make a change. Please sign this petition to help us encourage the leadership at Darden, Olive Garden’s parent company, to commit to a firm plan to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
44,720 supporters
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Petitioning BJ's Restaurants, Greg A. Trojan, Greg Levin, Greg Lynds, Kevin Mayer, Jeff Preston, Don Gardner, Lon Ledwith, Ame Hull

BJ’s Restaurants: Stop supporting cruelty to chickens!

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is one of the top restaurant chains in the U.S. with over 180 locations across the country. BJ's restaurants are known for its award winning beer and Southern California cuisine, but what it doesn't let customers know is that the chickens in its supply chain endure horrific abuse and cruelty. Despite public outcry, BJ’s has failed to adopt a meaningful animal welfare measure to protect the chickens it purchases each year.Crammed inside filthy, windowless sheds by the tens of thousands. Bred to grow grotesquely large at an unnaturally fast rate. Violently shackled, electrocuted, and slit at their throats, some while fully conscious. These abuses are not what you’d expect from an award-winning restaurant, but they’re the sad reality for chickens raised for BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse supply chain. Following efforts from The Humane League, several major restaurant chains, including Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera have released comprehensive chicken welfare policies to address the myriad forms of cruelty to chickens in their supply chains. Until BJ’s Restaurants joins its competitors and commits to addressing the cruelty in its supply chain, we encourage customers to join the growing movement of consumers boycotting restaurants that do not take animal abuse seriously. Please, sign our petition and let BJ’s Restaurant know that you won’t be dining at its restaurants until it adopts a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in its supply chain.

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Petitioning G.J. Hart, Kim Boerema, Chris Morris, Clint Coleman, Natalie Franco, Brad Gramlich, John McLaughlin, Kati Low Anderson, Ashley Ceraolo, Rudy Sugueti, Brian Sullivan

CPK: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture

California Pizza Kitchen sells cruelty by the slice. Chickens are packed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds. They are bred to grow so large and so fast that their legs often break when they stand. At slaughter, they are strung upside down by their feet, electrocuted, and then slit at the throat while fully conscious. CPK may present itself as an upscale pizza restaurant, but in reality it supports outdated and brutal factory farming practices.  CPK has the ability to change the way these animals are treated. Several major restaurants including Starbucks, Panera, and Noodles & Co have committed to comprehensive chicken welfare policies. It's time for CPK to make the responsible and compassionate choice to eliminate unnecessary animal abuse in its supply chain. Please sign our petition urging CPK to adopt a meaningful welfare policy for the chickens suffering in its supply chain. No animals deserve this. It’s time for California Pizza Kitchen to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

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Petitioning General Mills

Stop Supporting Farms that Cage Hens

**UPDATE: Thanks to compassionate consumers like yourself, General Mills has released a global commitment to end its support of caging egg-laying hens! Please consider supporting our other campaign against Walmart, asking the retail giant to stop sourcing eggs from cruel battery cage farms.**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 small and packed with birds that the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them. Often, their body parts are caught in the caging, which results in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and severe feather loss. Some hens, exhausted or unable to move, are trampled to death by their cage mates.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.

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Petitioning Red Robin, Denny Marie Post, Carin Stutz, Guy Constant, Cathy Cooney, Jonathan Muhtar, Lesley Lehner, Jeff Melnick, Terry Harryman, Dara Dierks, Karen Kaehler

Red Robin: Stop supporting cruelty to chickens!

Red Robin claims that their “standards for food quality are among the highest in the restaurant industry,” but Red Robin sources chickens from cruel and unsustainable factory farms. Some of the largest companies in the restaurant industry, including Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera have committed to sweeping welfare reforms for the chickens in their supply chain. Why won't Red Robin do the same and enact a meaningful animal welfare policy that protects the chickens it purchases? Currently, chickens farmed for Red Robin endure extreme abuse and cruelty. Right after hatching, these baby chickens face horrible conditions. They are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds. They are bred to grow at unnaturally fast rates, causing pain and debilitating injuries. They are less than 2 months old when they are hung by their feet in shackles, electrocuted, and slit at the throat while fully conscious. This animal cruelty is completely unnecessary and unacceptable. Following efforts from The Humane League, several major companies in the foodservice industry have released comprehensive chicken welfare policies to address the myriad forms of cruelty to chickens in their supply chains. Until Red Robin commits to addressing the cruelty in its supply chain, we encourage customers to join the growing movement of consumers boycotting restaurants that do not take animal abuse seriously. Please sign our petition and demand that Red Robin adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in the restaurant’s supply chain. It’s time for Red Robin to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
870 supporters
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Petitioning John Antioco, Jerry Comstock, Stephanie Purdue, Tom Kurrikoff, Jerry Maddox, Andrew Robinson, Matthew Durbin, Ashley Hopkins, Duncan Davis, Gail Seanor, Marcie Sebring Tomlinson, Robin Burt, John D...

TGI Fridays: Stop Abusing Chickens

TGI Fridays serves up cruelty every day of the week. Chickens raised for TGI Fridays endure terrible suffering and it needs to stop. Right after hatching, these baby chickens face horrible conditions. They are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds. They are bred to grow at unnaturally fast rates, causing pain and debilitating injuries. They are less than 2 months old when they are hung by their feet in shackles, electrocuted, and slit at the throat while fully conscious. TGI Fridays has over 930 restaurants in 60+ countries. Without a comprehensive animal welfare policy for these chickens, TGI Fridays is contributing to immense suffering for millions of animals. Several major food restaurants including Starbucks, Panera, and Noodles & Company have committed to comprehensive chicken welfare policies, yet TGI Fridays refuses to address cruelty in its supply line. Unless TGI Fridays makes serious changes, we all need to join the growing movement of consumers boycotting restaurants like Fridays. Please sign our petition urging TGI Fridays to develop a welfare policy for the chickens suffering in its supply chain. It’s time for TGI Fridays to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
1,002 supporters
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Petitioning Howard Schultz, CEO, Cliff Burrows, Group President, U.S. and Americas, Scott Maw, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Johnson, Resident and Chief Operating Officer, Christine ...

Starbucks: Stop Torturing Chickens

Starbucks puts a lot of effort into building its gourmet menu and spends lots of money on creating an elegant dining atmosphere. Yet, shockingly, Starbucks has failed to phase out even the worst abuses of the animals in its supply chain. Crammed inside filthy, windowless sheds by the tens of thousands. Bred to grow grotesquely large at an unnaturally fast rate. Violently shackled, electrocuted, and slit at their throats while fully conscious. These abuses are not what you’d expect from an upscale café, but they’re the sad reality for chickens raised for The Starbucks’ supply chain. Join the national campaign against Starbucks to end this cruelty! Following efforts from The Humane League, several major companies in the foodservice industry have released comprehensive chicken welfare policies to address the myriad forms of cruelty to chickens in their supply chains. Other restaurant chains have engaged in productive dialogue with The Humane League, but Starbucks refuses to even discuss adopting basic animal welfare for the chickens in its supply chain. Please sign our petition and demand that Starbucks adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in the restaurant’s supply chain. It’s time for Starbucks to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
45,499 supporters
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Petitioning FARMFOODS

Tell Farmfoods to stop supporting cage cruelty!

Farmfoods might shout about the fact that it sells 'quality frozen food', but they are very quiet about one food item they continue to sell; eggs from caged hens! Farmfoods sells eggs from hens kept in cruel ‘colony’ cages. Many people think it’s now illegal to keep hens in cages, but these so-called ‘colony’ cages are still legal, and unlike many of their competitors, Farmfoods continues to use them. Hens forced to live in these cages live a life that simply isn’t worth living. They will suffer their entire lives standing on a wire-mesh floor crammed in cages with as many as 90 other hens. They will never get to experience the sun on their back or grass between their toes. Virtually all other major retailers—including Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl, Aldi, Asda, M&S, Waitrose, The Co-op, Iceland, and others—has made commitments to go cage-free. Please, sign our petition and let Farmfoods know that you do not want to be supporting this kind of extreme animal cruelty by shopping at Farmfoods. It's time for Farmfoods to join its competitors and the 21st century by producing a timeline to exclusively source eggs from cage-free farms.

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Petitioning Auntie Anne's

Drop This Twisted Practice!

Auntie Anne’s likes to tell you to “Auntie Up your snacking standards.” If you take that advice, it’ll mean strolling right past their pretzel stand. Trading your hard-earned dough for theirs means supporting a company that sources eggs from filthy factory farms that keep hens trapped in tiny wire cages. The majority of consumers agree: caging egg-laying hens for their entire lives is just plain twisted. That’s why restaurants like McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, PF Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and more than 100 other food companies have all committed to ending their support of cruel cage farms. Auntie Anne’s, on the other hand, has not announced any plan to stop supporting farms where chickens are trapped in cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds that the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them, and some get trampled to death by their cagemates. Auntie Anne's says that its commitment to “raising the standard of snacking” is a moral compass that will guide and define the chain. If that’s true, then it’s time for this compass to aim toward more socially responsible sourcing practices before Auntie Anne’s gets lost behind its competitors.Please sign this petition to tell Auntie Anne’s, and all of its sister companies at Focus Brands, that you won’t be snacking with them anytime soon as long as they support these cages.

The Humane League
298 supporters