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This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Sean Clarke, David Potts

End the sale of eggs from caged hens in Morrison's and Asda

Two out of the four major British supermarkets, Morrisons and Asda, still intend to sell eggs from caged hens without any obvious intent to change. The fact that Tesco, the biggest supermarket in Britain, have decided to stop selling caged hens’ eggs is proof that no matter how big the company, or how demanding the supply chain, the prospect of a free-range future is not impossible. Customer choice isn't only about what people want to see sold in supermarkets, it is equally about what customers do not want to see available. I know people worry about cost but the supermarkets can & must provide for people and families who require lower cost options by reaching a compromise that means products are affordable as well as sourced from a free range environment. Caged hens spend 72 weeks cramped in restrictive cages, unable to spread their wings or experience the outside world. After this time, many of the hens are barely feathered and in poor condition. The space available per hen is marginally larger than an A4 sheet of paper. Hens require more than the bare minimum commercial cages provide. They need space to roam, experience the outside world and show natural behaviour in a natural environment. The fact that hens can lay eggs which provide significant income for supermarkets, doesn’t justify forcing them into a life restricted to a cage. No animal deserves to live like this. The Tesco petition, proved that power is in the hands of us, the consumers and the customers of these stores. I believe that if enough people support this campaign, it is Asda and Morrisons responsibility to respond and reassess the eggs they sell. Please sign this petition and join a movement towards freedom for hens. Thank you, Lucy

Lucy Gavaghan
184,921 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis

End the sales of eggs from caged hens in Tesco

I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact. 
Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.

Lucy Gavaghan
279,092 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD, Andrew Doyle TD, Paschal Donohoe, Simon Coveney, Dept of Finance, Brendan Howlin TD, Micheál Martin TD

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Please sign our petition calling on the Irish Government to stop funding the cruel greyhound racing industry. The Irish Greyhound Board - which has control over track racing and hare coursing - received 16 million euro of hard-earned taxpayers' money in the latest budget (an increase of over a million euro compared to the previous year's figure), while other desperately needy sectors of Irish society saw cuts in grant aid. This despicable industry is responsible for the premature deaths of huge number of greyhounds, considered no longer fit to race on the track and those who don't make the grade. The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12-14 years, but Irish racing greyhounds can only expect to live 3-4 years. Also, many greyhounds are sent abroad to destinations that have little or no animal welfare protection legislation, where they are kept in appalling conditions and raced to death. It is also a corrupt industry with owners and trainers "openly admitting to doping" dogs as revealed on BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, while blooding (using hares, rabbits and small animals to keep the greyhounds keen) is an "open secret" in the industry. Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. The Irish Government must stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2 Telephone: +353 (0)1 619 4020 Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkarTweet to: @LeoVaradkar Paschal DonohoeMinister for FinanceEmail: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.iePhone: +353 (0)1 6045810Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/Tweet to @PaschaldMichael CreedMinister for Agriculturemichael.creed@oir.ie Andrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of Agricultureandrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
37,069 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Michael Gove

Ban lion trophy hunting imports into the UK

The body parts of lions killed in gruesome hunts are being bought and imported into our country as ‘hunting trophies’. To hunt these beautiful animals for fun is inhumane and wrong - but it’s also contributing to the rapid decline of lion numbers. That’s why I’m calling on lion trophy hunting imports to be banned immediately. I lived and worked for two decades in several African countries to help the conservation of lions there and I’m now the director of Lion Aid. It pains me that their numbers continue to drop. The number of lions in Africa has decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 within the past 50 years. Most of the ‘trophies’ are male lions. This has a disastrous knock on effect, pride structures are disrupted, reproduction almost grinds to a halt as cub survival is severely affected, and mortality among females increases as they attempt to protect their cubs during encounters with more and more displaced males. We must immediately stop our involvement in this cruel trade of lions killed for fun, like others around the world have. Australia, France and the Netherlands have already banned lion trophy imports. Why have we not yet joined them in doing so? In 2010 and 2015 promises were made by British MPs about introducing a ban, but years later nothing has happened. Every single day we delay makes it more and more likely that we push lions towards extinction. Please sign my petition calling on the UK to immediately ban imports of Lion trophies.

Pieter Kat
386,411 supporters