The Humane League
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 suffering 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."
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Uber Eats: End Your Partnership with McDonald's
After several scandals, Uber is supposedly turning over a new leaf: the company has a new CEO and has vowed to be more socially responsible. But Uber has yet to let go of one relic from its sordid past: its partnership with McDonald’s through Uber Eats.Branded “McDelivery,” this service brings animal cruelty to customers’ doors. Though dozens of other fast food giants, including Starbucks, Subway, and Burger King, have pledged to eliminate the worst animal abuses from their supply chains, McDonald’s refuses to release a meaningful chicken welfare commitment, allowing abhorrent practices to continue on its suppliers’ farms.Despite knowing about McDonald’s animal welfare issues, Uber Eats continues to promote McDonald’s more heavily than any of its other offerings. UberEats could focus on promoting the products of our local favorites, but instead many consumers will find the fast food giant McDonald’s at the top of their restaurant list in the app. Why is Uber Eats turning a blind eye to animal abuse?Please join The Humane League in calling on Uber to cancel McDelivery until McDonald’s lives up to its promise to take animal welfare seriously. This partnership has no place in the portfolio of a company striving to do right by the world.
Wells Fargo: Use Your Influence to Stop Animal Cruelty
Chances are, you or someone you know has a bank account with Wells Fargo. It’s one of the largest banks in the world and almost everyone is familiar with this company. But most people don’t know about Wells Fargo’s close relationship with the nation’s biggest fast-food chain: McDonald’s. Not only is Wells Fargo/Wells Fargo Advisors a top institutional holder of McDonald’s stock, it also has a special financing program for McDonald’s franchise operators, and until recently the companies even shared 2 board members.Wells Fargo’s close relationship with McDonald’s is bad business because it means working with a company that supports extreme animal cruelty.Right now, McDonald’s is the subject of a nationwide boycott because of its outdated and ineffective animal welfare policies. The restaurant refuses to enact standards that would prevent some of the cruelest factory farming practices, despite the fact that many of its competitors, including Subway, Starbucks, and Burger King have already vowed to stop supporting these abuses. And yet, Wells Fargo has continued to invest in McDonald’s and its franchisees. It is unethical for Wells Fargo to continue to do business with a company that is complacent with widespread animal abuse and neglect.As consumers, we have the choice to support businesses that we feel are socially responsible and avoid businesses that don’t align with our morals. That’s why so many consumers are boycotting McDonald’s. Companies like Wells Fargo have this same choice and Wells Fargo has chosen to continue doing business with McDonald’s despite the unnecessary and outdated animal cruelty in the restaurant’s supply chain. Join us in asking Wells Fargo to either use its influence for good by urging McDonald’s to adopt meaningful animal welfare standards, or to end its relationship with McDonald’s.
Starbucks: Stop Supporting Chicken Abuse!
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. Starbucks 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. Hundreds of companies around the world are ditching cages. Global commitments to end cruel cages are being made by some of the largest companies in the world, including 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 mission statement, Starbucks states: “Now we see that our responsibility – and our potential for good – is even larger. The world is looking to Starbucks to set the new standard, yet again. We will lead.” Starbucks has fallen behind on animal welfare. The world is now looking to Starbucks to meet basic animal welfare standards and to lead the global restaurant industry in abolishing some of the worst factory farm abuses. Please sign this petition to tell Starbucks that you won’t be purchasing any of its products as until it stops supporting this egregious animal abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.