Petition to Dennis Smith, Marshall Multhouf, Senator Terry Moulton, Representative Rob Summerfield
Stop the "Chicken Toss" and "Greased Pig" event at Ridgeland Pioneer Days
In Ridgeland, Wisconsin this February, an event called Pioneer Days will feature a "chicken toss" during which over 200 live chickens will be tossed, one by one, into a crowd of attendees. Each person (adult or child) who catches a chicken gets to keep the chicken. The event is sponsored by Drunk'n Monkey Bar and Hotel. This event, which takes place outdoors in the middle of cold Wisconsin winter, is horribly cruel to the chickens and teaches children that animals are no more than objects, such as a ball. Furthermore, there is a huge concern about what will happen to the chickens who now must go home with someone who most likely has no proper shelter for her. Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals statute 951.02 states that "no person may treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner". As if this isn't bad enough, during the same event pigs are frightened and chased by large groups of children. Another example of the meanness of this event. Please sign this petition demanding that this ridiculous, cruel, and insensitive event is canceled. See video footage of the chicken toss at last year's Pioneer Days. Event Facebook page.
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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Tell USDA: Stop Excluding 98 Percent of Animals from the Humane Slaughter Act!
Did you know that the United States Department of Agriculture has decided that the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act doesn’t apply to poultry, who make up 98 percent of all land animals slaughtered for food? As a result, nearly 9 billion animals each year are killed in the most horrific and brutal ways. Please take 20 seconds to speak out against this unconscionable animal abuse by signing Mercy For Animals’ petition calling on the USDA to start protecting chickens, turkeys, and all other poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Investigations by Mercy For Animals, including shocking hidden-camera exposés of slaughterhouses owned by Tyson and Foster Farms, have repeatedly documented birds violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, cut open, and sometimes even scalded alive in hot water tanks. These abuses must end! But we need your help. Mercy For Animals has filed a historic petition urging the USDA to start including poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The USDA needs to hear from as many Americans as possible that we want meaningful regulations that end the cruelest slaughter practices. Please sign our petition calling on the USDA to include protections for poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Once you’ve signed, please share this petition on social media!
Petition to Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes, 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, 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.
Petition to Chad Crawford
Tell Popeyes Chicken: End the Cruelty Now
Popeyes has been cooking up something terrifying. Though Popeyes claims the chickens they source are subjected to “ethical, humane treatment,” the truth is much scarier...and it all starts on a factory farm. Chickens raised for meat make up 95% of farmed animals in America—and because of cruel farming practices, they suffer more, too. The vast majority of factory farmed chickens spend their entire lives with no access to the outdoors, crowded by the thousands in dimly-lit sheds. The birds have no access to natural light and little room to roam—in fact, each chicken generally spends her life in a space roughly the size of a sheet of paper. But here’s the really frightening part: factory farming has turned the modern chicken into a genetic monster who grows so big, so fast, she often struggles to stand under her own massive weight—a real-life Frankenchicken. She’s a prisoner of her own body, often unable to move freely and vulnerable to heart, lung, and leg problems. This is a bird bred to suffer. There are billions of Frankenchickens just like her—and Popeyes is supporting the cruel practices that bring them to life. You can stop this. It’s time for Popeyes to end the horror show by committing to a better breed of bird, one whose genetics do not inherently cause suffering, and better living conditions that let chickens be chickens. Sign the petition to tell Popeyes you don’t support the Frankenchicken. Other restaurants like Subway, Burger King, Moe's Southwest Grill, Panera, Chipotle, Qdoba, Jack in the Box, and more have already committed to improving the lives of chickens. Join Compassion in World Farming in demanding that Popeyes raise the bar for chickens—sign this petition today and help spread the word by sharing it with friends and family. Because chickens deserve better than a factory farm.
Petition to Donald Leavitt, Colin McIntyre, Ralph Brindise, Jeff Nykasa, Scott Cox, Ryan Todd Weihofen
Support Backyard Chickens in Lakemoor, IL
Please sign this petition asking the Village of Lakemoor to update the municipal code to provide provisions for residents to keep backyard hens. As a nature and animal loving, eco-friendly, family-oriented community it only makes sense that Lakemoor should embrace the practice of suburban backyard hens! Over the last several years, the popularity of raising hens as family pets has been gaining popularity exponentially and for good reason. They are quiet, easy to care for and truly fun to watch and interact with. Their antics will provide years of enjoyment for adults and children alike, even after their egg-laying years are over. Most of the varieties kept as backyard pets are easily contained with a 4’ high fence. Raising chickens is a wonderful family activity and an excellent opportunity to teach children that their food doesn't grow on a grocery store shelf. It’s important that kids have a connection to their food (preferably healthy food) and understand the farm to table cycle. You’ll be able to raise your own chickens organically, free of hormones and antibiotics, and let them enjoy a grassy backyard instead of the terrible conditions so common in factory farm chickens. Not interested in owning chickens? You can benefit from having neighbors who do! Barter with your neighbors for their fresh eggs with something from your garden or a helpful service. Chickens will improve your garden. They are natural foragers, so when allowed in your garden, chickens will scratch the soil looking for yummy bugs like grubs, earwigs, and the same bugs that eat your summer fruits and veggies. Plus, as they turn the soil, it’ll aerate, breakup vegetation, and accelerate the decomposition process. Not to mention, chickens are great for your compost. Chicken poop is high in nitrogen which is great for your compost bin and you can even compost the used egg shells. Most of us rely on well water in Lakemoor. These natural tendencies help reduce the need for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that end up in our water supply. A common concern is based on the misconception that chickens are noisy. Hens are very quiet animals. It is roosters that can be loud; you don’t need a rooster to keep backyard chickens. They lay eggs just fine without them; eggs that won’t ever hatch into chickens. This petition is only to allow docile, quiet hens into our families. Need more convincing? In some ways, hens may even make better pets than cats or dogs. For example, hens do not bark, bite or attack people like some dogs can. Unlike roaming cats, hens will not kill wild songbirds. When nighttime falls, chickens naturally return to their coops on their own and sleep quietly through the night. For the majority of the day, hens won’t be heard at all. They do usually make a brief egg-laying song or cluck about once a day during daylight hours. The decibel level of this cluck is the same level as human conversation and much quieter than a barking dog or even backyard birds like wrens! It’s a bonding family-experience: you get a new outdoor pet, without the hassle of house training and children can learn responsibility by pitching in! Whether it’s gathering the eggs, feeding, watering, or cleaning out the hen house, there’s productive work to do every day with chickens. In addition to their ability to provide companionship, hens can produce nutritious fresh eggs, control insects, assist with weeding, and provide us with a nitrogen rich fertilizer for our gardens. They can help with many yard and garden chores, and definitely make them more fun to do. If you need a little motivation to get out and do yard work, you just might find the lure of hanging out with hens is all the persuasion you need. Some people worry that chickens may spread disease. In fact, avian and human metabolisms are quite different, so there are few things that affect both humans and. With proper common sense hygiene, such as hand-washing, there is very little risk of hens spreading disease to humans. The truth is that data shows small scale farming actually helps protect us and our food supply. Making sure that we have the right to small flocks of backyard chickens is a way to protect ourselves and our communities from the diseases that proliferate in large scale commercial operations where tens of thousands of birds are concentrated together in a very small space. With nothing on the books regarding backyard chickens, some residents already have hens in their backyards, thinking they are permitted. With how quiet and unobtrusive they are, most people don't even know they are there. However, if you call the village office to inquire, you will be told they are viewed as farm animals and not permitted. Lakemoor strives to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable practices throughout the community. The comprehensive plan adopted in 2013 has prioritized local food and protecting our water supply as essential aspects for the long term sustainability of the community. Providing provisions for the keeping of backyard hens is a great place to start making good on these commitments! Lakemoor residents, join me in asking the village to update the ordinance with provisions that allow us all to enjoy the many benefits of backyard chickens!