132 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Greg McWilliams, Kathleen Koppa, Eunice Park

Release the Chicks to a Sanctuary

There are currently six young chickens confined in a small, dangerous, homemade coop on a busy street here on Capitol Hill. The coop was built with wood slats as the substrate (floor) and a leg break and/or predator attack are imminent. Additionally, there are large openings in multiple places where a raccoon could easily reach in and grab a chicken. These young birds have no opportunities to do what comes natural to them, like dustbathe and scratch for bugs. They are not allowed any time outside of this small, filthy coop. I have been watching the chickens for weeks and, during the hot weather, I have witnessed them open mouth breathing (an indication that they are suffering heat exhaustion). Locals have tried to convince the owner (a vet clinic) to surrender the birds.  The clinic’s owner stated that he felt he was “providing a service to the community” by providing eggs.  However:  ** The coop is dangerous as there are multiple holes and gaps where a raccoon could reach in** The coop floor is not predator proof and because it’s not a solid surface a broken leg is inevitable** There is no way to effectively clean the slats and consequently the birds are standing in their own feces 24/7** There is no fan, mister, or cold and/or frozen fruit being offered during high temps** The chickens are being denied their natural instincts to scratch in the dirt and dustbathe (crucial to their overall health)** They are “on display” on a busy street where children and dogs have been seen banging on and lunging at the coop** There is feces in the driveway, on the sidewalk, and in the dirt near their two tomato plants (all of these are potential human health issues - especially young children who like to put everything in their mouths and are notoriously unreliable "hand washers") Although, we are appreciative of their attempts to support the community, we offer alternative ways to do so by: ** Building a community vegetable garden in the same spot as the current coop** Provide free or low cost dog and cat spay/neuter services to low income families in the area Please ask them to allow the chickens to be rehomed to a local sanctuary (we have one lined up) where they will have access to grass, natural shade, and a predator proof coop.

Netty Lam
893 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

Compassion Over Killing
134,728 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

Petition to Paul Brown, John Bowie, Rob Lynch, David Pipes, Melissa Strait, Christopher Fuller, Emily Paradowski

Arby's: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!

Arby's has always touted its commitment to corporate social responsibility and humane treatment of animals. Unfortunately, Mercy For Animals has recently learned that Arby's profits from the horrific animal cruelty it claims to reject.  Arby'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 collapse under their own weight. They often 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 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, Arby's has failed to publish a chicken welfare policy. Arby's has already fallen behind the leadership of Burger King, Qdoba, Subway, Jack in the Box, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Fridays, Noodles & Company, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Shake Shack, and Quiznos, restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving chicken welfare in their supply chains. If current CEO Paul Brown can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Arby's to find a CEO who can. Please ask Arby's leaders to adopt the same comprehensive animal welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors and boycott their restaurants until they do. Arby's should live up to its “PurposeFULL” brand and 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.

Mercy For Animals
84,354 supporters