The Humane League

266,402 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 Invesco , Bonnie Saynay, Greg McGreevey, Karen Kelley, Philip Taylor, Annette Lege, Bob Leveille, Thomas Bastian, Scott Hixon, Lyman Missimer, Scott Roberts, Joe Rodriguez

Invesco: Stop Funding Animal Cruelty

Invesco says that it values responsible investing. It claims to “question or challenge companies about environmental, social, and governance issues that could have an impact on future value.” Yet Invesco also funds factory farming practices by continuing to invest in Olive Garden, even after months of customer boycotts and an aggressive public campaign against the restaurant. Invesco’s commitment to responsible investing seems to ignore concerns over animal welfare, food safety, and corporate transparency. Restaurants and foodservice companies across the US are enacting sweeping animal welfare reforms, including Starbucks, Burger King, Subway, and Aramark. Rather than only investing in companies with progressive animal welfare standards, Invesco is backing irresponsible and outdated factory farming practices. While Olive Garden buries its head in the sand, Invesco has a responsibility to divest from Olive Garden's unethical business practices. In an industry that is shifting towards more humane treatment of animals, Olive Garden’s failing standards and inaction pose serious risks to its public image and long-term profitability. 

The Humane League
424 supporters
Petitioning CKE Restaurants, Jason Marker, Brad Haley, Jeff Chasney, John J. Dunion, Theodore Abajian, Michael D'Arezzo, Jim Sullivan, Reese Stewart, Arlene Petokas, David Luxton, Matthew Kaelin, Ezra S. Field...

Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. - Demand better from your chicken suppliers!

Chickens raised for Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. suffer some of the worst abuses on overcrowded factory farms. These birds spend their short six weeks of life packed by the tens of thousands inside barren, windowless sheds. Bred to grow grotesquely large at an unnaturally fast rate, they often suffer painful, crippling leg injuries. Due to physical ailments and lack of space, many spend the majority of their lives lying in their own excrement on the filthy barn floor, suffering from toxic ammonia burns to their feet, chest, and lungs. At slaughter, chickens are violently shackled, electrocuted, and slit at their throats, many while still fully conscious. Such irresponsible and inhumane conditions are not what you’d expect from restaurant chains that pride themselves on high food quality, but they’re the sad reality for chickens raised for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. Such extreme animal abuse is not “premium quality” - customers and animals deserve better! Fortunately, there is momentum to reform this abusive industry. Restaurants such as Shake Shack, Burger King, and Chipotle have joined over a dozen other major food companies that have released comprehensive, meaningful commitments to address the welfare concerns facing chickens raised for meat. Why are Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. refusing to commit to the same standards? It’s time for Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. to make a change. Please sign this petition demanding that the leadership at CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.parent company) commit to a strong welfare policy that grants chickens more space and environmental enrichments, a transition to higher-welfare breeds of birds, and the elimination of live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
41,383 supporters
Petitioning Olive Garden, Gene Lee, Michael Beacham, Rick Cardenas, Susan Connelly, Doug Milanes, David George, Todd Burrowes, Tom Nadel, Jessica Dinon, Brian Foye, John Martin, Michael Kneidinger

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
71,793 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
71,793 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.

The Humane League
5,364 supporters
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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.

The Humane League
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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.

The Humane League
28,327 supporters
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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
862 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
999 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
45,456 supporters