Petition to Peter Bensen, Jim Skinner, Bob Langert, Don Thompson, Jan Fields (President, McDonald's USA)
Urge McDonald’s to Stop Torturing Hens for Egg McMuffins
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation has exposed shocking cruelty to animals at a McDonald’s egg supplier. During the investigation, MFA documented workers burning off the beaks of baby birds without any painkillers, and grabbing hens by their throats and roughly shoving them into battery cages, chicks trapped and mangled in cage wire suffering from open wounds and torn beaks, and dead hens left to rot and decompose in cages with birds still laying eggs for McDonald’s Egg McMuffins. Although all of these are examples of intolerable cruelty, perhaps the worst form of abuse these birds are forced to endure is a life of prolonged misery in a tiny wire battery cage. Battery cages are so small that each bird has less space than a single sheet of notebook paper to live out nearly her entire life. She is unable to freely spread her wings, perch or roost, breathe fresh air or see the sun. Every natural instinct is frustrated, as these birds have been reduced to mere egg-producing machines. As a civilized society, it is our moral obligation to prevent needless cruelty to animals. As the largest egg purchaser in the United States, McDonald’s has not only the responsibility, but also the enormous purchasing power to ensure that the products sold in its restaurants are not the products of egregious animal abuse. Please use the form below to send a polite email to CEO Jim Skinner urging McDonald’s to commit to ending its supplier relationships with battery cage egg operations and to create a clear roadmap for speedily achieving 100% cage-free status in the United States – something the company has already done in Europe.
Petition to Walmart, Walmart, Doug McMillon, Bill Simon, Robson Walton, Fred Bedore, Mike Duke, Doug McMillon
Speak Out Against Walmart's Cruelty to Pigs
Do you think it’s acceptable to cram an animal into a crate so small she can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, run, play, or engage in other basic behaviors? Walmart does. In fact, the pork sold at Walmart comes from factory farms where pregnant pigs spend nearly their entire lives locked in narrow, metal gestation crates—cages barely larger than their own bodies. How do I know? Because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals, and for more than two months I worked undercover at Christensen Farms, a factory farm that supplies pork to Walmart. The misery and abuse that I witnessed at this factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life. Thousands of pregnant pigs were confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies. These pigs could not turn around. They could not walk. They could not even lie down comfortably. I saw pigs with open wounds and bloody pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their metal cages or lying on hard concrete. Pigs would constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration. These intelligent and social animals would go insane from boredom and stress. While all of the abuses I witnessed at Christensen Farms were horrific, the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs is perhaps the cruelest factory farming practice in the world. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine US states, as well as in the entire European Union. Recognizing their inherent cruelty, major food providers, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle, and major grocery retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Kmart, Costco and Whole Foods, have all started demanding their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. But Walmart continue to support blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates. I am asking that you help the pigs whose suffering I witnessed, as well as the millions of others across the nation who are subjected to similar abuses. Please take a moment to sign my petition urging Walmart to do the right thing and demand their pork suppliers stop confining pigs in cruel gestation crates. Thank you. “John” Undercover Investigator
Petition to Amazon, Jeff Bezos
Stop Torturing Ducks for Foie Gras
My name is "Jimmy." I am an undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals, but am not comfortable revealing my identity because this is a very hostile political climate for whistleblowers. A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation using my undercover footage reveals the intentional torture of ducks for foie gras sold on Amazon. French for “fatty liver,” foie gras is produced by shoving metal pipes down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them three times a day for nearly three weeks. This painful process causes the birds’ livers to swell up to ten times the normal size. These diseased, fatty livers are marketed as foie gras. Wired with a hidden camera, I worked at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York and documented: • Workers violently grabbing ducks by their wings and necks and then shoving a metal pipe down their throats to force-feed them • Countless ducks hyperventilating as their unnaturally large livers pressed against their lungs making it difficult for them to breathe • Dead ducks—killed by the cruel force-feeding process—callously thrown away into garbage bins • Workers carelessly grabbing and tossing ducks by their fragile wings into transport cages • Birds with open, bleeding wounds left to suffer in tiny wire cages without proper veterinary care • Fully conscious ducks being shackled upside down and having their throats cut open, causing them to slowly bleed to death Amazon has the power and the moral responsibility to help end one of the cruelest forms of factory farm animal abuse! Please join MFA in calling on Amazon to take a stand against this egregious cruelty to animals by prohibiting the sale of foie gras on its website. In the past, Amazon has ended the sale of other products like dolphin and whale meat due to their cruel production practices. It’s time for Amazon to implement an ethical and humane policy banning the sale of foie gras too. Target, Costco, Safeway, Giant Eagle, and Wolfgang Puck already have these policies in place. And foie gras prodcuction is banned in California, as well as Germany, Israel, the UK, and many other countries because it's so inhumane. Please sign to send a polite email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and then share my undercover investigation video with friends and encourage them to take action too. Animal abuse is just a click away at Amazon.com! Visit AmazonCruelty.com to learn more. Update October 3, 2013. Amazon in the UK has banned the sale of foie gras. Let's keep the pressure on Amazon worldwide to do the same.
Petition to Ralph Stayer, Kevin Ladwig, Dale Arnold, Todd Pogorzelski, Steve Johnson, Dean Blanke, Gary Kolling
Johnsonville Sausage: Stop Being Cruel to Pigs!
As a life-long Wisconsin resident and animal lover, I was not happy to hear that one of our state's companies, Johnsonville Sausages, works with factory farms that trap pigs in tiny, cruel gestation crates. Gestation crates are 2' by 7' cages that are used to confine a pregnant sow during her months of gestation, meaning that virtually all of her life will be spent in a box barely larger than her body, unable to even turn around or stretch her legs. Animal science expert Temple Grandin said that this practice is the same as "asking a sow to live in an airline seat." Pigs are extremely intelligent animals that are just as smart, unique, and curious as the dogs and cats that live with us at home. These social animals are so intelligent that they have even learned to play simple video games! The pigs that Johnsonville keeps in tiny cages, though, suffer from boredom and frustration every day of their lives, and they develop coping mechanisms like biting on their bars and chewing obsessively. These animals will spend nearly their entire lives inside of a cage that is barely larger than their bodies. Consumers are not happy about gestation crates, and government and industry are starting to respond. Keeping these large, highly intelligent animals in tiny crates is so inhumane that it is already considered criminal animal cruelty in all of the European Union. It is even illegal to use this practice in 9 states in the USA! Voters have had the choice on several occasions, and every time they have voted to ban gestation crates. Additionally, some of the largest companies have already pledged to drop crates: McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Denny's, and dozens more. Even Johnsonville's direct competition and neighbor, Oscar Mayer, has made a pledge to phase out gestation crates. It's time for Johnsonville to stop lagging behind their competitors and their customers. Help out the pigs by signing this petition, and let Johnsonville know that gestation crates have got to go!