animal welfare

31 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Steve Easterbrook, McDonalds Executive Team, muktesh pant, David C Novak, roger eaton

Go for Cage-free Birds

Like you and me, birds and animals have the right to a decent life for the while that they live on the face of earth. None of us hold the right to make their life miserable for the sake of meat or egg consumption. Industrial livestock production has grown exponentially over the past years. Thousands of birds are kept in cramped spaces for the duration of their lives, many of whom reach the slaughterhouse too sick to even stand. This doesn't necessarily have to be this way. "Cage-free" and "Free-range" are popular labels used to indicate that the hens are provided more space than the typical battery cages where egg laying hens are rared. Cage-free means that hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. Free range denotes a method of farming husbandry where the animals/birds, for at least part of the day, can roam freely outdoors, rather than being confined in an enclosure for 24 hours each day. It is to be noted though, that in countries where the labels are popular, like the US, they are also widely misused by the industry. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), “no information on stocking density, the frequency or duration of how much outdoor access must be provided, nor the quality of the land accessible to the animals is defined” in the regulatory text and thus these are flexed to still maintain some of the old practices. This is especially true for those factory farms that rare tens of thousands of chickens. Hence the need for adequate regulation and supervision on the use of the labels by large farms. By virtue of what it implies, the cage-free egg movement has quickly spread throughout the world and a growing number of food companies are adopting cage-free egg purchasing policies. In India however this is yet to gain as much strength as say 'organic'.  In 2016, McDonalds committed to a plan to switch to cage-free eggs in US, Canada and South Africa, a transition that could cost them big money. The important thing to note though is that once McDonalds had made the commitment nearly 200 competitors said they will do the same. The last major fast-food chain to announce cage-free was KFC that had committed to a timeline of end-2016, which is much ahead of McDonalds' 2025 plan. However for India (as also for the rest of the world), the announcements made in US mean that the large number of the popular McDonalds and KFC outlets continue to sell meat and eggs sourced from birds rared in battery cages, fed high doses of hormone, antibiotics and a diet that is largely uncontrolled. The lack of awareness about cage-free practices has slowed down the demand for a change in India. We should definitely say No to unhealthy food served to public by restaurant chains. This food may scale high in the tastiness index, but it will certainly prove harmful in the long run. The stress undergone by the chickens translate to harmful chemicals that in turn enter our body system while ingesting the burgers and muffins from the popular and fast-moving outlets spread across the country. Numerous researches done on broiler hens have established beyond doubt that hens rared in poultry farms experience impact to their physiological functions at multiple levels, all caused by high concentrations of stress hormones in blood. See the link for one such article. As the most popular restaurant chains in India that consume chicken meat, we petition the McDonalds and KFC to lead the way...... by declaring that all their products sold in India come only from  cage-free,  hormone-free,  antibiotic-free, and  humanely raised birds. This petition goes to Steve Easterbrook, CEO of McDonalds and his executive team, including Amit Jatia, Joint Venture Partner & Managing Director, McDonald’s India [West & South Region] and Smita Jatia, Chief Operating Officer, McDonald’s India [West & South]. So also it goes to Muktesh Pant, CEO of KFC, David C Novak, Chairman and CEO of Yum! brands (KFC is a subsidiary of Yum!), and Roger Eaton, COO of Yum! and President of KFC. Please note. This is not about vegetarianism or non vegetarianism. This is about doing our bit to save a living being from extreme suffering. A suffering that is totally avoidable! We the people petition the biggest corporate houses in the industry to take steps to discourage cages and thus contribute to a happier, healthier world.

Devi Priya
1,146 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to THE PRIME MINISTER, INDIA, Shri narendra modi ji , the prime minister of India

An India with zero stray animals,everyone deserves a home and a respectable life .

Any animal lover in india would know for sure what conditions our stray animals live in ... Dogs , felines ,cows (who  ironically we call  mothers) suffer tremendously ,and nobody deserves that . I  Recently read on a survey that our country has about 30 million stray mutts in india.  And we have the largest number of rabies victims in the world . I believe this all can be changed by appropriate laws , their implementation , And love and compassion for all life forms... ban animal cruelty  , breeding businesses when there are millions of strays who need home.Empathy is a trait we have lost touch with... If u don't agree that this situation needs to be taken care of... Just put yourself or your loved ones in a stray animals position for one second, they are beaten around , malnourished,  have broken bones to severe injuries that they carry with them all through their lives and no one cares about them.... And I'm sure you would see why it is absolutely necessary to act ...we have so many animals living on the streets yet we breed exotic animals and make a business out of them.....!! I refuse to believe that our country does not have people with good hearts who want all animals to have a better life... I hope and therefore urge you to sign this petition calling for better treatment and a chance at a better life for all the stray animals... 

Shekhar Bhatt
3,775 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to PMO Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, Anil Madhav Dave Environment Ministers of India


As the case is going on Apex court regarding  the right of pet shop owners, and on the other, the right of the birds to live freely. We are thinking about pet owners(their income) but we are not thinking about the birds. . If you open a cage bird will fly and will never return back this shows they are just being forcefully kept, which violates their freedom to live with dignity denying their fundamental rights . we are just keeping them to entertain our self and there is no sign of respect to their freedom. The goal of conservation is not the preservation of every individual of a species,but the safeguarding of species as a whole .India is a country of liberty ,fraternity and equality and we should assure it to all living beings. . If god has not limited their area of freedom then who are we to restrict them ,Please don't restrict their life in a 2*1*1(ft) cage.  As  Mahatma  Gandhi once quoted. ''The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated''. The animals those are kept forcefully must be released and there should be strict laws against the owner or seller. I want  you  to take suo motu cognizance and interfere in this matter please make out some policies, cant our parliament give few of its precious hours for these lovely creatures,cant we deliberate on this.Please put all your efforts, so as to upheld the decision of High Court of Gujarat( If the birds are even exotic birds and sold in cages Gujarat high court order applies. It says no bird can be caged) .

jevesh chauhan
424 supporters