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Petition to Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes, Justin Whitmore, Doug Ramsey, Scott Rouse, Gary Mickelson

Tyson Foods: Stop Crippling Birds with Rapid Growth!

Poultry industry titan Tyson Foods has long touted its “Commitment to Animal Well-Being” and claims to “understand the importance of the internationally-recognized Five Freedoms” for chickens. Yet from the moment I first set foot inside Atlantic Farm, a Tyson Foods contract facility in Temperanceville, Virginia, as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing (COK), I witnessed a very different reality: Behind the closed doors of this factory farm’s filthy warehouses, packed with more than 225,000 chickens, I documented violent animal abuse as well as horrific suffering caused by Tyson’s genetic manipulation of birds for unnaturally fast growth. At just days old, fragile baby birds are dumped into these sheds, where they live out their short lives—never to peck outside in the dirt or feel the sun’s warmth—before being shipped out to slaughter at just 6 weeks old. The hidden horrors I witnessed inside this massive Tyson factory farm still haunt me: birds run over and crushed to death by forklifts; live birds violently kicked, slammed, and thrown; and baby chicks impaled with a metal nail on the end of a pipe. Unwanted, sick, or injured birds were also piled on top of one another in buckets with the dead, left to languish and die. But the suffering ran even deeper than this sickening abuse. Birds languished from a variety of illnesses and deformities, and many couldn’t walk because of debilitating leg injuries. At under two months old, these baby birds were already crippled—and trapped inside their own morbidly obese bodies—because Tyson genetically manipulates them to grow so unnaturally large, extremely quickly. If you or I grew at the rate of a factory farmed chicken, we’d weigh 660 pounds by the time we reached two months of age!This is the second time in a year and a half that COK has exposed Tyson’s torture. In 2016, a COK investigation inside multiple Tyson Foods breeder farms in Virginia revealed similar violence: workers punching, kicking, and throwing live birds; birds crushed by forklifts; and more. The footage prompted the first-ever court trials for cruelty to chickens raised for meat, resulting in convictions on 24 counts of animal cruelty. And Tyson immediately ended the barbaric practice of stabbing a plastic nose “bone” through the nostrils of rapidly growing male breeder birds to restrict their feed intake. Yet while Tyson pats itself on the back for its “commitment to serve as stewards of the animals,” this poultry giant has not addressed a major source of this immense suffering: the crippling fast-paced growth of birds. Tyson publicly strives to “shape the future of food”—but it remains firmly entrenched in this tradition of torture to churn out cheap, cruelly produced meat. Meanwhile, millions of consumers are waking up to the suffering and flocking to plant-based dining. Even Tyson CEO Tom Hayes has acknowledged that consumer demand for plant proteins is outpacing that of meat, and the company has purchased a 5 percent stake in vegan company Beyond Meat. But that first step isn’t enough. It’s way past time for Tyson to distance itself from these preventable atrocities once and for all.Join me in urging Tyson to put an end to the genetic manipulation of birds for fast growth and to truly become a food industry leader by moving toward the real future of food: plant-based protein! In solidarity, “Alex” (Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) December 2017 UPDATE: Just a day after my investigation was publicly released and we asked you to urge Tyson to invest more in plant-based meat, the company announced that it's doing just that: The poultry giant is increasing its existing 5-percent stake in plant protein maker Beyond Meat. This is a promising step forward, but we still need your support to ensure the company keeps moving in this direction—and finally addresses the horrific suffering resulting from its genetic manipulation of birds for rapid growth.

Compassion Over Killing
261,415 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Wells Fargo, Timothy Sloan, Michael Loughlin, John Shrewsberry, Hope Hardison, Zachary Kalemba, Steve Easterbrook, Kevin Ozan, Richard Levy, Mary Mack, Avid Modjtabai, Johnathan Weiss

Wells Fargo: Use Your Influence to Stop Animal Cruelty

Chances are, you or someone you know has a bank account with Wells Fargo. It’s one of the largest banks in the world and almost everyone is familiar with this company. But most people don’t know about Wells Fargo’s close relationship with the nation’s biggest fast-food chain: McDonald’s. Not only is Wells Fargo/Wells Fargo Advisors a top institutional holder of McDonald’s stock, it also has a special financing program for McDonald’s franchise operators, and until recently the companies even shared 2 board members.Wells Fargo’s close relationship with McDonald’s is bad business because it means working with a company that supports extreme animal cruelty.Right now, McDonald’s is the subject of a nationwide boycott because of its outdated and ineffective animal welfare policies. The restaurant refuses to enact standards that would prevent some of the cruelest factory farming practices, despite the fact that many of its competitors, including Subway, Starbucks, and Burger King have already vowed to stop supporting these abuses. And yet, Wells Fargo has continued to invest in McDonald’s and its franchisees. It is unethical for Wells Fargo to continue to do business with a company that is complacent with widespread animal abuse and neglect.As consumers, we have the choice to support businesses that we feel are socially responsible and avoid businesses that don’t align with our morals. That’s why so many consumers are boycotting McDonald’s. Companies like Wells Fargo have this same choice and Wells Fargo has chosen to continue doing business with McDonald’s despite the unnecessary and outdated animal cruelty in the restaurant’s supply chain. Join us in asking Wells Fargo to either use its influence for good by urging McDonald’s to adopt meaningful animal welfare standards, or to end its relationship with McDonald’s.

The Humane League
137,320 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Sheriff Samuel D. Pratcher, Jr.

Sheriff Patcher, Charge Perdue Farms With Animal Cruelty In June's Death #Justice4June

We're asking for there to be #JusticeForJune!  In the early morning of June 6th, a tractor-trailer contracted by Perdue Farms crashed, killing and injuring thousands of chickens alongside Route 896 in New Castle County, Delaware.  Ten hours after the crash, animal advocates from Philadephia arrived at the accident site to what can only be described as a gruesome scene. The area smelled of death, there were feathers and blood everywhere. Within minutes of searching the area, June – a six-week-old broiler chicken – was found abandoned and badly injured alongside the highway. June had been left to die alongside Route 896 by Perdue employees in clear violation of Delaware's Animal Cruelty Statute.  Unable to move, dehydrated, and showing clear signs of distress and suffering, activist rushed June to the nearest emergency veterinarian hospital in hopes of saving his life. Admitted to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital with a deep chest laceration, a fractured keel bone, and suffering from severe dehydration, a massive infection had spread through his body and doctors were unable to save him. Had he received veterinary care immediately after the accident, June would have survived.  We are calling on New Castle County Sheriff Samuel D. Pratcher, Jr. to enforce the state's cruelty statute against Perdue Farms for the cruel mistreatment, neglect, and abandonment of June.  June's story highlights the routine and immense suffering inflicted on billions of chickens each year and the need for animal cruelty statutes to be enforced against animal abusers like Perdue Farms. Had June been a family pet, there is no doubt that charges would have immediately been filled after the accident. We're asking that the Sheriff's office enforce the state's clear policy against animal abuse against Perdue Farms. 

Mahika Gupta
5,482 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to DeKalb Illinois, David Jacobson, Jerry Smith, Bill Finucane, Michael Marquardt, Patrick Fagan, Kate Noreiko, Mike Verbic, Anthony Faivre

Allow chickens in DeKalb, IL

Currently, in Illinois, the city ordinance states: 18.17 ANIMALS PROHIBITED.It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any horse, mule, sheep, goat, cattle, hogs, other domesticated  animal or fowl, chickens, ducks, snakes over six feet in length, or other life threatening reptiles, within the City. Bee keeping is prohibited in the City of DeKalb. In addition, no person shall have a right of property in, or keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of, or maintain in his possession any dangerous animal (defined as lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf, or coyote), except at a properly maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit, circus, scientific, educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital or animal refuge in an escape-proof enclosure. (91-99, 93-04) Chickens have been companions of humans for hundreds, if not thousands of years. When they are allowed to range in the yard, chickens provide entertainment and more benefits to use than common household pets such as cats and dogs. They provide outstanding pest control, eating pests such as ticks, mosquitoes, slugs, and many other insects. Along with pest control, they provide weed and grass control for the garden and produce eggs that are much more nutritious than those you can buy at a supermarket. Keeping backyard chickens is much more than just a trend, they are beneficial to families and communities that allow them. Backyard chickens are beneficial to the community that they live in because they: Provide a valuable low-cost food source Provide value as a pet, teaching kids about responsibility through caring for an animal who can love them back Divert waste from landfills. Up to 50% of all household waste is compostable and chickens are happy to eat much of that waste. Have manure that is recommended by the US Extension Colleges for use in composting. Provide pest and weed control. Backyard chickens will generally get far more humane care than the commonly depicted factory farms that are generally filthy and crowded. These factory farms generate numerous problems such as pollution from improper disposable of manure, antibiotic resistance and higher risk of a more dangerous strain of bird flu. Keeping a few chickens at home is one way we can each do our part to address these problems. Limit their numbers and require clean, human care - sure. But there is no legitimate reason for any city to prohibit keeping a few chickens, any more than there is reason to ban the keeping of dogs or cats. There are several misconceptions about backyard chickens, which include: They are noisy. However, a dog's bark is 90 decibels and having 3 dogs allowed in the city generates 94.8 decibels. Hens generate at most 60 decibels, so it would take much more than 10 hens to produce the same amount of noise. They smell. However, a small flock (4-6 chickens) will generate as much waste as an average dog, and will not smell if kept clean. You need roosters for hens to lay eggs. This is simply untrue, as the rooster is only needed for fertilization of the egg. Hens will still lay eggs without a rooster present. Chickens increase the chance of salmonella. Though this is a common misconception, salmonella comes from improper food handling, not raising chickens. What we are asking is for a change in the ordinance to allow backyard chickens in DeKalb, and adopting a new ordinance that allows residents in residential zoned areas to own a small backyard flock. Here is the city of Naperville's municipal code, which the city of DeKalb could use to make adopting new backyard chicken laws and ordinances a success: 10-4-6:FOWL AND LIVESTOCK:1.Housing: All fowl and livestock shall be kept within a pen, coop, building or other enclosure sufficient in size and strength to confine such animals to the owner's property, except that livestock may be tethered securely to a fixed object outside the enclosure, but only if the animal is so confined to the owner's property. A permit shall be obtained from the City of Naperville prior to the construction, addition, or modification of any pen, coop, building or other enclosure used for the purposes of housing fowl or livestock. 2. Zoning: Fowl and livestock may be kept in any area in the City except as otherwise provided by this Chapter or the City's Zoning Ordinance. 3.Restrictions:3.1.A maximum of eight (8) fowl shall be permitted on any property. Roosters shall be prohibited. 3.2.No livestock shall be kept, housed, maintained, or pastured within a distance of two hundred (200) feet of any occupied residence other than that of the owner. 3.3.No pen, coop, building or other enclosure used for the purpose of housing fowl (with the exception of homing pigeons) shall be erected or maintained within thirty (30) feet of any occupied residence other than that of the owner. 3.4.Every person maintaining a pen, coop, building, yard or enclosure for fowl or livestock shall keep such area clean and sanitary at all times. Any dirt or refuse resulting from the fowl or livestock shall be disposed in a clean and sanitary fashion. 3.5. All feed for fowl or livestock shall be kept in containers that are rodent-proof until put out for consumption by fowl or livestock. 3.6.Any pen, coop, or other structure used for the purpose of housing fowl that is not fully-enclosed shall be screened to a height of six (6) feet. Said screening shall be comprised of fences or walls six (6) feet in height, landscaping of at least seventy-five percent (75%) opacity, such as non-deciduous plantings, or equivalent screening and shall be located either along the perimeter of the lot where the pen, coop, building or other enclosure used for the purpose of housing fowl is located, or around the perimeter of the pen, coop, or enclosure itself.  

Justin Le
55 supporters