factory farming

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Petition to Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman, introduce a bill to protect pigs from abuse in factory farming.

Over the years I have signed many petitions against the cruelty involved in factory farming.  I have learned that the sad reality is there are no federal laws protecting the farm animals. Without enforceable laws the animals that fall victim to factory farming are subjected to hideous abuse and brutal death. Recently, I joined a group of activists and gave water to pigs that were arriving to a slaughterhouse in Los Angeles. They were piled in trucks and hadn’t been given food or water for days. They were treated like inanimate objects. We were on street and still heard their screams from inside the slaughterhouse. They haunt me still.  Pigs are intelligent social animals. They are very aware. They are confined in cages that restrict their movement. They are forced to endure being shipped in trucks without food or water. They eventually end their short painful lives with a violent death at a slaughterhouse. I don’t eat meat. However, you don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan to agree that pigs should be provided with food, water, and space to move around and interact with each other, without being subjected to fear and pain.  It’s time to push for laws protecting the pigs from abuse. It’s time to hold factory farming accountable for the treatment of the pigs.  Congressman Brad Sherman, we commend you on your proven track record as an advocate for animal rights. We are asking you to introduce a bill protecting pigs from abuse in factory farming. Profits and efficiency are not justification for inflicting pain and suffering on intelligent sentient beings. Please stand up for the pigs that are tortured every day.  

Rick Lindland
18,341 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to North carolina

Declare Independence from Meat

There are nearly 9 million pigs in North Carolina… and 10 million humans. There are a dozen counties in in the state where pigs actually outnumber humans, but most of these animals live their short lives in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). They are rarely if ever seen by the general public.  However, to our neighbors in eastern North Carolina, the reality of factory farming is anything but hidden — the smell, the flies, the foul brown water all seep through the land they call home. This isn't just an animal rights issue, it's a human rights issue, too. It’s social injustice, plain and simple. One could argue that North Carolina is a microcosm of the ills of factory farming; what's bad for the animals is bad for public health and for the environment.  Our neighbors (humans and other animals) deserve freedom from harm. Reducing demand for meat is a small but truly significant and compassionate action we can take to ensure that justice rules.  The good news is that community activists are beginning to motivate their neighbors to take action. Will you join them?  It’s time to meet the neighbors; to see the big picture and act in concert with core values related to compassion, environmental stewardship, and social justice.  Sign this pledge to show that you are among those choosing more compassionate choices and eating plants instead of animals. Do it for yourself, do it for the animals, and do it for our North Carolina neighbors who deserve better!

Farm Sanctuary
1,452 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to 2T 2U Rule Comments, DEQ/DWR Water Planning Section

Keep Toxic Waste Out of Our Yards

No one likes when neighbors neglect to curb their dogs – particularly when poop lands in our front yard. Imagine if that poop was 10 billion gallons of fecal waste yearly and it was turning up in the air you breathe, the soil where you grow your food, and the water you drink and bathe in.   That’s life in North Carolina, where the Department of Environmental Quality has turned a blind eye to factory farms, who routinely dump toxic waste too close to homes, schools, and churches. It isn't just foul-smelling; it's also a health threat. Manure has been known to carry E. coli, salmonella, cryptosporidium and other bacteria that can lead to serious illness or death if they spread to humans. A 2016 Duke University School of Medicine report linked exposure to waste from hog farms with acute blood pressure increase, impaired neurobehavioral and pulmonary function. It also pointed to carcinogenic effects induced by chemicals from hog farming waste. Respiratory illnesses are another concern, yet dry-litter operations are exempt from state odor ordinances, and federal regulators don't monitor poultry plant air emissions. Factory farm facilities are responsible for a lot more animals than your neighbor with the dog. We’re talking about some 200 million birds, 9 million pigs, and more than 810,000 cattle. And their waste output is staggering.  Pig and cattle facilities collectively produce 10 billion gallons of wet fecal waste yearly, enough to fill more than 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Factor in 2 million tons of dry waste from the state’s 200 million factory-farmed birds, and you start to see why there’s been such a stink about factory farming in this state.  Enough is enough. North Carolina tax payers deserve better. Thankfully, for the first time since 2005,  residents have an opportunity to comment on updating the waste regulations – the “2T” rules (15A NCAC 02T) – which are grossly inadequate. Together, we can push for policies that restrict the growth and negative impact of factory farms in the state by raising the following concerns and recommendations:  The current absence of a permitting process with regard to new poultry operations leaves the state unable to provide basic oversight and prevent irresponsible practices of these facilities. Poultry operations are the fastest-growing source of agricultural pollution, and the state needs to protect its citizens from this industry. Given the disparate impact of animal operations (especially hog farms) on vulnerable communities, the state should take additional measures to protect those at the greatest risk. The state department of environmental quality should require that livestock and poultry operators sample surface water, ground water, and air quality in order to protect residents. Farmers should be incentivized to grow more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy plant foods, which can be produced in a more ecologically sound way than animal products. We're all neighbors; what hurts our neighbors, threatens us all. Thank you for joining Farm Sanctuary in sending NC DEQ the attached letter to help prevent industrial animal farms from threatening the environment, and the health and well-being of North Carolina’s residents.

Farm Sanctuary
188 supporters
This petition won 12 months ago

Petition to Aramark, Eric J. Foss, Karen Cutler, Lynn B. McKee, Christina Morrison, Joseph Munnelly, Stephen Reynolds, Steve Bramlage, Jr., Marc Bruno, David Ballarini, Brian Pressler, Jeff Connor, Eric Llopis, Scott Barnhart

Stop Abusing Chickens

Last summer, I interned at a sanctuary for formerly abused farm animals. I made many friends while there––including several chickens, whom I discovered were as sociable, unique, and intelligent as my childhood dog Oliver.That’s why I was so disturbed to learn that my own university’s dining service provider, Aramark, which supplies the food I eat each day at Elon, offers no protections for these gentle, sensitive birds. As a result, these chickens endure horrific abuses.So unless Aramark makes some serious changes, I’ll be joining the growing movement of students across the country working to kick Aramark off their campuses.  Chickens raised for Aramark’s supply chain are crammed by the hundreds of thousands inside filthy, windowless sheds. They are forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes that scald their lungs and skin.Bred to grow grotesquely large extremely fast, many birds become crippled under their own weight. Some die of dehydration because their bones break and they can’t reach water. The chickens who survive these horrible conditions are trucked to the slaughterhouse where they are shackled upside down, shocked with electricity, and cut open at the throat. For many birds, this happens while they are still fully conscious!Aramark has worked on a few animal welfare issues, including eliminating cages in its supply chain, but there are still other foodservice companies that take animal welfare far more seriously. If Aramark doesn't address the animal cruelty in its chicken supply chain, then I hope universities like mine end their contracts with the company.Please sign my petition urging Aramark to adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in the company’s supply chain. It’s time for Aramark to release a policy working to provide birds with more space and a clean environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.

The Humane League
90,734 supporters