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chickens

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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.

Mercy For Animals
572,365 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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!

Erin Janoso
39 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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.

Mercy For Animals
52,255 supporters