Petition to Todd Penegor, Robert Wright, Gunther Plosch, David Trimm, Wendy's
Wendy’s: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!
Wendy’s has always claimed to take corporate responsibility and the humane treatment of animals seriously. Unfortunately, Mercy For Animals has recently learned that Wendy’s actually profits from horrific animal cruelty it claims to reject. Wendy’s allows its suppliers to abuse chickens in ways other chains have banned for being too cruel. Raised in near total darkness, many birds are bred to grow so large, so fast they are crippled by their own weight. They often suffer from constant leg pain so severe the animals can’t stand, so they spend almost all their time sitting in their own waste. At slaughter, they are shackled upside down and shocked with electricity before their throats are cut open—all while fully conscious. Many are even scalded alive. Unlike other restaurants, Wendy’s has failed to improve its chicken welfare policy. Wendy’s has already fallen behind the leadership of Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Le Pain Quotidien, and Pret A Manger, restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving the welfare of chickens in their supply chains. If current CEO Todd Penegor can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Wendy’s to find a new CEO who can. Please ask Wendy’s leaders to adopt the same basic animal welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors and boycott their restaurants until they do. Wendy’s should agree to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; do not use live-shackle slaughter; and provide enrichments, reduced stocking density, and improved light and litter quality. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
Petition to Tyson Foods, Christine Daugherty, Gary Mickelson
Tell Tyson to Stop Ripping Heads Off Live Chickens
Hi, I’m Candice Bergen. If you’re like me, you would never condone animal abuse. But if you eat chicken from Tyson Foods (which supplies McDonald’s, KFC, Chick-fil-A, and more), you may be unknowingly supporting some of the most sickening animal abuse imaginable. How do I know? Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals have uncovered ongoing and systemic animal abuse at Tyson Foods. Most recently, a brave investigator used a hidden camera to document conditions at a Tyson slaughterhouse in Mississippi. What he witnessed was beyond disgusting. I watched the video in horror as workers who seemed to take pleasure in tormenting the frightened birds punched, beat, and threw the animals before violently slamming them upside down into metal shackles. One worker even used the shackled live birds as punching bags. The birds were then painfully shocked with electricity to immobilize their bodies before having their throats cut open. The investigator documented countless birds who weren’t shackled properly getting their heads ripped off while they were still alive and conscious. The investigator reported these abuses to his supervisor on multiple occasions. He even called the Tyson Foods hotline to report the daily cruelty he had witnessed. But he saw no corrective actions taken. At Tyson Foods, extreme cruelty to animals is just business as usual. But I think we can change that. Because of caring people like you, who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we’ve already seen some of the biggest food companies make important changes. For example, after hearing from thousands of people through Change.org, Nestlé, Walmart, and Starbucks all made commitments to ending some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty in their global supply chains. There’s no reason Tyson Foods can’t do the same. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Tyson Foods to implement meaningful animal welfare changes. Thank you.
Petition to Tyson Foods, Christine Daugherty, Sara Lilygren, Gary Mickelson, Scott Gustin, John Tyson, Guardie Banister, Jr., Mike Beebe, Mikel Durham, Kevin McNamara, Brad Sauer, Robert Thurber, Barbara Tyson
Stop Animal Abuse at World’s Largest Chicken Producer
In the past year, Mercy For Animals has conducted multiple investigations into Tyson Foods—the largest poultry producer in the world. They’ve sent brave undercover investigators into Tyson factory farms and slaughterhouses across the country to document conditions, and what they’ve found is truly disgusting. These investigations show hundreds of thousands of birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds and forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes. The chickens are bred to grow so fast they become crippled under their own weight and frequently die from heart attacks and organ failure. On the farm, Tyson workers were caught on hidden camera violently clubbing animals to death, breaking their necks, and leaving severely sick and injured animals to die without food or water. At the slaughterhouse, Tyson workers were even caught ripping the heads off of live birds after violently slamming them upside down into metal shackles. These abuses have been reported to Tyson executives over and over again. Unfortunately, at Tyson extreme animal cruelty is business as usual. But it doesn’t have to be. With your help, we can make a difference. Please, join Mercy For Animals in calling on Tyson Foods to implement meaningful animal welfare changes and end its cruelest factory farming practices. The abuses you see in this video have no place in a civilized society. Thank you.
Petition to Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes, Noel White, Christine Daugherty, Gary Mickelson, Derek Burleson, Scott Rouse, Doug Ramsey, Justin Whitmore
Tyson: Stop Starving Birds
Tyson Foods keeps its breeder birds perpetually starving and desperate for food. When I started my investigation, I was prepared to see animals forced to live in miserable conditions, but I wasn’t prepared for just how extreme that misery actually is. This is the first time anyone has worked undercover inside a “broiler” chicken breeding factory farm.The egregious abuses were the most horrifying to witness: Tyson employees kicked, swung, and threw live birds by their wings, violently shoved them into cages, inhumanely and improperly killed them, and even punched or suffocated some animals to death. Workers also ran over birds with forklifts, crushed them with transport cages, and left them to slowly die.I was also shocked to discover a cruel and painful practice that few people even know about — it’s never before been documented on hidden camera: workers grabbed young male breeder birds by their heads and stabbed dull plastic rods or “bones” through their sensitive nostrils, commonly referred to as “boning.” The wide plastic rods block the birds from fitting their heads inside certain food containers in order to limit what and how much they eat.The good news is that after watching our investigative footage, Tyson announced that it’s immediately ending this cruel and barbaric practice. But there’s still a crucial underlying issue that Tyson needs to address about this practice: why was it being done in the first place?Tyson’s chickens have been genetically manipulated to grow so unnaturally obese so quickly that they often collapse under their own weight and some suffer from heart attacks. With such extreme growth, these birds have developed extreme appetites. However, unlike an average “meat” chicken, who will be slaughtered at less than two months old—before these ailments fully manifest—breeder birds must survive much longer. Thus, to prevent these breeder birds from growing too big, too quickly, Tyson deliberately starves them -- leaving the birds in a constant state of hunger.So while Tyson is taking a step in the right direction by ending the cruel practice of “boning,” these birds will continue to starve and suffer until the company stops breeding and raising birds who have been genetically manipulated for fast growth.The best way we can help birds is to leave them off our plates, but we can also take a stand against cruelty by telling Tyson to stop starving birds! - Rusty, a Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator
Petition to Tyson Foods
Tell Tyson Foods to Stop Torturing Animals
We can all agree that torturing animals to death is wrong. But if you eat chicken from Tyson Foods, torture is exactly what you are paying for. A new Mercy For Animals investigation has uncovered shocking animal abuse at a contract farm for Tyson Foods—the largest meat producer in the world—including: Workers violently clubbing animals to death, breaking their necks, and leaving severely sick and injured animals to die without food or water Baby birds carelessly thrown to the ground from transport crates suffering broken bones and other severe injuries Chickens bred to grow so fast they became crippled under their own weight and frequently died from heart attacks and organ failure Hundreds of thousands of birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes At this Tyson chicken factory farm, over a thousand birds died every day from the diseased and unsanitary conditions. In total, over the course of only 42 days, more than 52,000 birds died at this one farm from sickness or injuries. Those who survived were carelessly grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and violently slammed into transport crates before being trucked to slaughter. As shocking as it is, this type of cruelty and neglect is common in the poultry industry. There are no federal laws to protect chickens during their lives on factory farms, and most states specifically exclude chickens from anti-cruelty laws. All of this means that Tyson Foods and other poultry producers are able to routinely get away with torturing chickens in ways that would be illegal if cows or pigs were the victims instead. But we can stop this needless cruelty. Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on Tyson Foods to stop torturing chickens. Thank you.
Petition to Erin Janoso, Deborah Shields
Amend City Code to Allow a Limited Number of Responsibly Kept Hens within City of Roundup
The city of Roundup currently prohibits residents from keeping chickens within city limits. Please sign this petition asking the city to update the ordinance so that Roundup residents may keep a limited number of responsibly-kept hens (approx. 4--NO roosters!). Hens are fun and educational for children—a valuable tool for teaching them that food does not grow on grocery store shelves. Chickens can help build garden soil, consume weeds and kitchen scraps, and their eggs are a healthy source of high-quality protein. Permits for hens within city limits would be required, and it would be mandatory for coops to be a specified distance from property boundaries. Because roosters will be prohibited, noise would be a non-issue. Hens are not loud, and additionally, they roost in their closed coops all night. Free-roaming chickens would not be allowed. A small flock of chickens (4-5 hens) produce only about the same waste as an average dog, so, as long as the coop is cared for, odors would be negligible (especially given the buffer zone around property boundaries. Given these enforceable parameters, chickens should never become a nuisance to neighbors. And if neighbors did feel something was amiss, they would have methods of recourse. Many other cities have made the decision to allow chickens within city limits. Within Montana, Billings, Miles City, Three Forks, Helena, East Helena, and Missoula, are just a few that have made the leap, along with numerous municipalities nation-wide. Happily, in these locations, problems have been minimal. For example, about chickens in town, Kelly Smith, Three Forks, MT’s Deputy City Clerk stated that: “There have been no major issues.” Kathy Middleton, Bozeman’s animal control officer, said “So far it’s been great.” Aaron McSpadden, a Denver, CO animal control officer, stated in the Denver Post that “There was this big perception we were in for it, but it’s been very minimal. It’s a non-issue, really.” And Larimer County (Fort Collins), CO’s director of animal protection and control, Bill Porter, stated that “Chicken cases have been a non-issue for Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection and Control department.” Even if you are not interested in owning chickens yourself, please still consider signing this petition--You can benefit from having neighbors who do! One hen can lay hundreds of eggs a year. It’s likely your chicken-owning neighbor will have extras and be willing to trade fresh eggs for your garden veggies or a helpful service. Thank you for your consideration of this important issue. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. And, City of Roundup residents, please add your name to this petition and join us in asking the city to update the ordinance so we may enjoy the many benefits of keeping backyard chickens! Thank you!
Petition to Steve DeSutter, Kat Cole, Bruce Schroder, Richard Kamph, Michelle Crum Longo
Moe's Southwest Grill: Commit to Reducing Chicken Suffering
Did your chicken come from a house of horrors? If you eat at Moe's, the answer is probably yes. Moe's has failed to publicly commit to a meaningful chicken welfare policy. Without a comprehensive policy, Moe's leaves room for its suppliers to abuse chickens in ways other chains have banned for being too cruel. Chickens may be raised in near total darkness, many bred to grow so large and fast they collapse under their own weight. Many may suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand and spend almost all their time sitting in their own waste. At slaughter, they may be shackled upside down and shocked with electricity before their throats are cut open—all while fully conscious. Many may even be scalded alive. Unlike other restaurant chains, Moe's has failed to publish a chicken welfare policy addressing abuses inflicted on chickens in its supply chain. Moe's has already fallen behind Qdoba, Burger King, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Pret A Manger, chains with detailed public commitments for improving the welfare of chickens in their supply chains, and other massive food companies, including Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo, which have done the same. If current CEO Steve DeSutter can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Moe's to find a new CEO who can. Please join Mercy For Animals in asking Moe's leaders to adopt the same comprehensive chicken welfare commitments as their competitors. And let’s boycott their restaurants until they do. Moe's should agree to comply with Global Animal Partnership’s standards, which require companies to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; provide enrichments, including improved litter and lighting; and reduce stocking density. Additionally, Moe's should agree to stop using chickens who have been processed using live-shackle slaughter. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
Petition to Leo Crawford, Willie O'Byrne, Jean Watson, Malachy Hanberry, BWG HQ, Simon Marriott, Suzanne Wheldon, John Moane, Spar HQ, Alex Banahan
It's time for BWG Foods to ditch cruel cages!
Hundreds of companies all around the world are making firm commitments to stop selling eggs from the cruellest egg farms, but BWG Foods are falling behind. Irish retailer BWG Foods, who own brands including Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Londis, XL and BWG Food Service support animal cruelty by refusing to stop the sale of eggs from caged hens. Many people think it’s now illegal to keep hens in cages, but so-called ‘colony’ cages are still legal, and unlike many similar retailers across the EU and US, BWG Foods are refusing to stop selling eggs from these systems. 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. Please, sign our petition and let BWG Foods know that you do not want to be supporting this kind of extreme animal cruelty by shopping at any of their brands. It's time for BWG Foods to join its competitors and the 21st century by producing a timeline to stop sourcing eggs from cage farms.