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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
256,744 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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.

Compassion in World Farming
152,294 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

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!

Jessica Rios
304 supporters