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 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
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.
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.
Ditch your products that support cages!
If you’ve ever enjoyed a dipping sauce at Domino’s, or maybe even a dessert, you might want to know where the egg ingredient came from: filthy and cruel factory farms. Domino’s is attempting to dodge customer concerns by claiming “we do not purchase eggs,” but has no excuse for the cage eggs that are used in prepackaged products from its third party vendors.Companies large and small are moving away from supporting this practice, including Domino’s major competitor, Papa John’s. Fast food joints from McDonald’s to Arby’s and even the country’s largest retailers, Kroger and Walmart, are all committing to the same thing: ditching cages.The egg ingredients used in the prepackaged foods Domino’s purchases come from hens that are forced to live virtually their entire lives in a space roughly the size of an iPad. These hens can’t even stretch a wing, but it would appear that Domino’s is not concerned and even went as far to say, “We do not have a point of view on cage-free eggs.”On the other hand, Domino’s consumers do. It is time for Domino’s to take responsibility for the products it purchases and commit to eliminate cage eggs throughout its entire supply chain.Please sign our petition to let Domino’s know that you will not support such a socially irresponsible company with your dining dollars.
Tell Papa John's to Stop Supporting Cage Cruelty
Better ingredients, better pizza? Don’t believe it. Papa John may have a friendly face on TV, but don’t let that cheesy smile fool you: He’s got a dirty secret.Papa John’s continues to source eggs from suppliers that confine hens in tiny wire cages. On its website Papa John’s claims to be “committed to the humane treatment of animals,” but the company’s actions deliver something different.Papa John’s finds itself behind companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, IHOP, and over 100 other food companies that have pledged to move away from these cage farms. Papa John’s continues to source eggs from farms that confine hens so tightly they can’t even stretch a single wing and with no plan to stop. On these farms, hens are forced to live virtually their entire lives in a space roughly the size of an iPad and are denied the ability to participate in any normal behaviors. This causes them extreme stress and frustration.There has been a clear shift away from this abusive practice, but Papa John’s is dragging its feet on the issue. It is time for Papa John’s to join its competitors and commit to moving away from cages.Please sign our petition to let Papa John’s know that you will not support such a socially irresponsible company with your dining dollars.
Tell Kroger to Stop Caging Hens
The vast majority of the eggs Kroger sells come from farms where hens are confined in tiny, filthy cages. Although Kroger states that it has a “long-standing commitment to responsible business practices,” it has failed to produce a commitment to completely eliminate cages in its supply chain.The practice of caging egg-laying hens is so cruel that it is criminalized in countries all over the world and in several U.S. states. Under this system, hens are forced to suffer in cages for the entirety of their short lives. They can hardly move; they can’t even spread a wing, and they are often forced to stand on their dead cagemates.Most companies are moving away from this practice, including the top restaurant chains, food manufacturers, and hospitality companies. Kroger’s competitors, such as Costco, Whole Foods, BJ's Wholesale Club, Trader Joe's, and even Target, have committed to completely move away from cruel cages. Even the top egg producers have stated they are moving away from cages and that cage-free is the future.Please sign our petition to let Kroger know that you will not shop with Kroger until it produces a timeline to completely eliminate the use of cages in its egg supply chain.
Eliminate Cages From Your Supply Chain!
ConAgra may not be a household name, but its brands are likely to be found in the kitchens of families all around the world. Their most notable brands include Slim Jim, Reddi Wip, Jiffy Pop, Crunch 'n Munch, and Egg Beaters. While these products appear to be harmless, ConAgra Foods is hiding a very dirty secret from its customers: ConAgra continues to source egg ingredients from cruel, unsafe cage farms.The practice of confining egg-laying hens in these cages is so cruel that it is criminalized in countries all over the world and in several U.S. states. Despite this fact, ConAgra continues to support these cage farms in which hens can’t even stretch a single wing. Hens are forced to live virtually their entire lives in a space roughly the size of an iPad.Most companies are completely eliminating cages from their supply chain, including some of ConAgra’s major competitors. Most of the top manufacturers, including General Mills, Unilever, Kelloggs, Bimbo Bakery, and Mondelez International have made commitments with timelines to phase out cruel cages. Additionally, nearly all of the major players in the restaurant industry including McDonald’s, Denny’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Burger King and others have also committed to phasing out cages.ConAgra’s social responsibility report claims “We believe in the humane treatment of animals.” This is clearly not the case. Please sign our petition and urge ConAgra to join its competitors and do the right thing by producing a timeline to completely eliminate the use of cages in its egg supply chain.
Stop Supporting Cage Cruelty!
Quiznos claims to be “committed to extending socially responsible practices throughout its supply chain.” But the company is doing the exact opposite: it continues to source eggs from suppliers that confine hens in tiny wire cages.This practice is so cruel that it is criminalized in countries all over the world and in several U.S. states. Despite this fact, Quiznos continues to support these cage farms in which hens can’t even stretch a single wing. Hens are forced to live virtually their entire lives in a space roughly the size of an iPad.Most companies are moving away from this practice, including some of Quiznos’ major competitors. All of the top restaurant chains, including Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Quiznos’ main competitor, Subway, have made commitments with timelines to phase out cruel cages. Even McDonald’s has committed to phasing cages out of its supply chain.Please sign our petition and let Quiznos know that you do not support this kind of extreme animal cruelty with your dining dollars. It’s time for Quiznos to join its competitors and do the right thing by producing a timeline to completely eliminate the use of cages in its North American egg supply chain by at least 2020.
Stop Sourcing Eggs from Caged Hens
Mondelēz International may not be a household name, but their sweet and salty snacks are likely to be found in the kitchens of families all around the world. Their most notable brands include Milka, Cadbury, Toblerone, Nabisco, Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, and Fig Newtons. While these treats appear to be harmless and are often marketed towards children, Mondelēz International is hiding a very dirty secret from its customers: Mondelēz continues to source egg ingredients from cruel, unsafe battery cage egg farms. Battery-cage farms pack egg laying hens so tightly into tiny wire cages that they can’t even spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. Each hen is forced to live in a space roughly the size of an iPad and most will never see sunlight or breath fresh air for virtually their entire lives. Battery cages are so cruel and unsafe that their use is criminalized in the entire European Union and several states in the US. A wide range of companies have pledged to completely eliminate cages with a firm timeline including McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts, Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, and many more. Many of Mondelēz's direct competitors such as Nestle, Kellogg's, General Mills, Unilever, Grupo Bimbo, and Flowers Foods have already produced timelines to source exclusively cage-free eggs in many parts of the world. Mondelēz has agreed to source 15% of their eggs from cage-free farms in the EU - it is time to let them know that this is not nearly good enough. Please join The Humane League and Albert Schweitzer Foundation in a global boycott of Mondelēz International’s brands and encourage their leadership to produce a global timeline to convert to sourcing exclusively cage-free eggs and investigate plant-based alternatives for egg products. Thank you.
Stop Using Eggs From Cruel Cage Farms
Subway proudly boasts about its sourcing, claiming they “believe that safe food comes from healthy animals that are well cared for.” Despite this statement, Subway continues to source nearly 90% of its eggs from farms that intensively confine hens in cages for virtually their entire lives.Subway buys from farms that pack egg-laying hens so tightly into wire cages that they can’t even stretch out a single wing. Each hen is forced to live on a space roughly the size of an iPad and most will never see sunlight or breath fresh air for virtually their entire lives. These cages are so cruel that their use is criminalized in countries all over the world and in several US states.Virtually every other major restaurant chain—including Burger King, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jack In The Box, Chipotle, and others—has made commitments with timelines to go 100% cage-free. Even McDonald’s has made a commitment to completely phase out cages from its supply chain.Please, sign our petition and let Subway know that you do not want to be supporting this kind of extreme animal cruelty with your dining dollars. It's time for Subway to join its competitors and the 21st century by producing a timeline to exclusively source eggs from cage-free farms.