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Hormel: Stop Mutilating Pigs and Cramming Them into Tiny Crates
I will never forget their screams. The horrific animal abuse I witnessed while working undercover at a pig factory farm owned by The Maschhoffs—one of the largest U.S. pork producers and a supplier to Hormel Foods—will haunt me for the rest of my life. Workers kicked, hit, and beat piglets with gas cans. They chopped off their tails and ripped out their testicles while these baby animals squealed in agony. No pain relief was ever provided. Their mothers had it just as bad. Unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably, mother pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed inside tiny, filthy gestation crates. It was heartbreaking to see these incredibly intelligent and social animals become so frustrated by extreme confinement that they repeatedly bit the bars of their tiny cages—a sign of serious mental collapse. Gestation crates are so inhumane they have been banned in 10 U.S. states, Canada, and the entire European Union. Nearly all major food companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Even major pork producers like Smithfield have committed to phasing out gestation crates at their company-owned and contract farms. In addition to eliminating gestation crates, Walmart and Nestlé—two of the largest companies in the entire world—have committed to ending the agonizing mutilation of animals in their supply chains by prohibiting cruel practices like tail docking and castration without pain relief. But Hormel continues to allow these blatant forms of animal abuse by their contract suppliers. Because of caring people like you who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we have already seen some of the biggest companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Hormel to stop torturing animals and adopt meaningful animal welfare requirements to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain. Thank you. “Danielle” Undercover Investigator
Petition to Charles Butt, Howard Butt III, Andrés Treviño, Arturo Lozano Cerda, Gerardo Uribe, Fernando Martínez
H-E-B México: Deja de vender huevos de gallinas hacinadas en crueles jaulas
Mientras que las tiendas de H-E-B en Estados Unidos ya se han comprometido a vender únicamente huevos provenientes 100% de instalaciones sin jaulas, H-E-B México sigue sin escuchar a sus consumidores y continúa vendiendo huevos de aves hacinandas en crueles jaulas. La producción de huevos en jaulas en batería es una de las formas más atroces de maltrato animal. Las gallinas son hacinadas en jaulas de alambre tan pequeñas que las aves no pueden caminar, extender las alas ni realizar otras simples conductas naturales, durante casi toda su vida. Muchas aves quedan dolorosamente enredadas en los alambres de las jaulas o debajo de las bandejas de alimento. Sin asistencia oportuna, sufren y mueren. Los cuerpos de las gallinas muertas son ignorados y terminan pudriéndose junto a las aves que siguen poniendo huevos para el consumo humano. Este compromiso ya ha sido adquirido por firmas globales como Grupo Bimbo y Burger King que se han comprometido a mejorar el bienestar animal en sus cadenas de suministro. Creemos firmemente que los consumidores mexicanos de H-E-B merecen que las tiendas donde compran tengan los mismos estándares de calidad y bienestar animal que aquellas en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, firma esta petición para decirle a H-E-B México que al igual que en sus tiendas de los Estados Unidos, también adopte una política de suministro de huevos únicamente 100% libres de jaulas, incluyendo una rápida fase de transición, en todas sus tiendas en México. ¡Los animales necesitan tu voz!
Petition to Amazon, Jeff Bezos
Stop Torturing Ducks for Foie Gras
My name is "Jimmy." I am an undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals, but am not comfortable revealing my identity because this is a very hostile political climate for whistleblowers. A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation using my undercover footage reveals the intentional torture of ducks for foie gras sold on Amazon. French for “fatty liver,” foie gras is produced by shoving metal pipes down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them three times a day for nearly three weeks. This painful process causes the birds’ livers to swell up to ten times the normal size. These diseased, fatty livers are marketed as foie gras. Wired with a hidden camera, I worked at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York and documented: • Workers violently grabbing ducks by their wings and necks and then shoving a metal pipe down their throats to force-feed them • Countless ducks hyperventilating as their unnaturally large livers pressed against their lungs making it difficult for them to breathe • Dead ducks—killed by the cruel force-feeding process—callously thrown away into garbage bins • Workers carelessly grabbing and tossing ducks by their fragile wings into transport cages • Birds with open, bleeding wounds left to suffer in tiny wire cages without proper veterinary care • Fully conscious ducks being shackled upside down and having their throats cut open, causing them to slowly bleed to death Amazon has the power and the moral responsibility to help end one of the cruelest forms of factory farm animal abuse! Please join MFA in calling on Amazon to take a stand against this egregious cruelty to animals by prohibiting the sale of foie gras on its website. In the past, Amazon has ended the sale of other products like dolphin and whale meat due to their cruel production practices. It’s time for Amazon to implement an ethical and humane policy banning the sale of foie gras too. Target, Costco, Safeway, Giant Eagle, and Wolfgang Puck already have these policies in place. And foie gras prodcuction is banned in California, as well as Germany, Israel, the UK, and many other countries because it's so inhumane. Please sign to send a polite email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and then share my undercover investigation video with friends and encourage them to take action too. Animal abuse is just a click away at Amazon.com! Visit AmazonCruelty.com to learn more. Update October 3, 2013. Amazon in the UK has banned the sale of foie gras. Let's keep the pressure on Amazon worldwide to do the same.
Petition to McDonald's
Tell McDonald's: Do Better For Chickens
My two kids love McDonald’s. They especially love the chicken nuggets. As a busy mom, sometimes I need a fast, convenient meal…but I don’t want to compromise on my family’s values. I was pleased to see that McDonald’s committed to 100% cage-free eggs, and that they recently reduced the calories in their Happy Meals. But I was shocked and upset to learn that when it comes to the treatment of chickens raised for their menu items, McDonald’s is lagging behind. Please join me in asking McDonald’s to stop using chickens who are bred to suffer. Chickens on factory farms are bred to grow so big, so fast, that they often collapse under their own weight. Many live in constant pain, and they are vulnerable to broken legs and heart attacks. These smart and social birds spend their entire lives in crowded, dimly-lit sheds without even a perch to rest on. Restaurants like Subway, Burger King, Sonic, and many more have already committed to criteria that reduce the suffering of chickens. They are switching to healthier breeds and giving chickens more room to roam. If all of these other companies can do it, why can’t McDonald’s? McDonald’s actually had the chance to do better for chickens in their latest animal welfare policy. They chose not to. Please sign my petition to tell McDonald’s that we don’t need empty promises. We need real change. I have learned a lot about how animals raised for food are mistreated, and I am deeply saddened by the harsh realities they face. But I still have hope, because I believe that big companies have the power to do the right thing and change things for the better. As someone who cares about social justice issues, I want to show my children that they really can do something positive in the world. This could be a rare win at a time when our communities are facing so many complex—and often overwhelming—challenges. I know we can create a kinder, more compassionate world if we raise our voices together. That’s why I’m asking McDonald’s to step up. Not just for my family—but for the millions of living beings who are suffering right now. If you agree that McDonald’s should do better for chickens, please sign and share my petition today.
Petition to Carmen Rottenberg, James Snee, Luis Marconi, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Hormel Foods, Dr. Mindy Brashears
Not So Fast, USDA: Stop the Unhealthy & Inhumane High-Speed Slaughter!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to expand a flawed pilot program that allows select slaughterhouses to dramatically speed up their slaughter lines, while simultaneously pulling back on government oversight. I recently worked undercover for Compassion Over Killing (now known as Animal Outlook) at one of these pilot facilities, and captured on video the shocking ways this program fails to protect animal welfare—and American food safety. Please join me in telling USDA and Hormel it’s time to stop this high-speed, reduced-inspection pilot program, known as HIMP. By shifting key inspection responsibilities to the slaughterhouses themselves, while also allowing these plants to operate at extremely high kill speeds, this program is allowing animal abuse and food safety problems to increasingly go unchecked. Consumers deserve more, not less, oversight in food production. Before going undercover at Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota, I knew that I would see appalling abuses and nightmarish animal suffering—that’s unavoidable at a slaughter plant, especially one that processes 1,300 pigs each hour. But what I didn’t expect was how rare it would be to encounter a government inspector, or how many pigs would be processed into SPAM or other Hormel products despite being sick, injured, riddled with pus-filled abscesses, or covered in feces. Even knowing what I did about animal cruelty, I naively believed that the government was at least making sure that the food supply was safe—but I don’t believe that anymore. Now, I know that our government has rubber-stamped a program that gives the profit-driven pork industry free reign to “monitor” itself. I documented plant employees, under pressure to keep up with the facility’s high operating speeds, dragging, kicking, beating, and excessively shocking pigs. I even saw pigs regaining consciousness on the slaughter line—a major violation of federal law. Let’s demand that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service live up to its name and do just that—meaningfully regulate and inspect our nation’s slaughterhouses. It can’t continue to bow to pressure from industry giants like Hormel. We must end this high-speed slaughter program, which replaces highly-trained inspectors with untrained, industry employees—with devastating results for animals, workers, and consumers. In Solidarity, Scott David (former Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) October 2017 Update: With a proposal to expand the dangerous HIMP pig slaughter program on the horizon, chickens and turkeys are facing a similar threat. The industry has petitioned the USDA to lift the current maximum line speed of 140 birds per minute (that’s already more than 2 birds every second!). Such a waiver of the cap would essentially allow plants to operate at any speed—a serious danger to animals, workers, and consumers.In 2015, I worked inside Mountaire Farms in North Carolina—operating at speeds of up to 140 birds per minute. I saw live birds being thrown into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition, fallen birds being thrown across the room, and birds having their heads caught in the shackles as workers rushed to keep up. As investigations and government inspection records reveal, improper shackling can even lead to the kill blade slicing birds open in places other than their throat, and the birds then entering the scalding tank alive. Yet the industry has ignored these risks in a sly attempt to line its own pockets by trying to make slaughter lines run even faster. Please join me in telling the USDA, “Not so fast!”
Petition to Dunkin' Donuts, Mike Shutley, Anne Fajon, David Hoffmann, Katy Latimer
Dunkin’: A Vegan Donut Would Be a Slam Dunk in Our Non-Dairy Coffee!
Like most Americans, I love a good donut—sprinkles, chocolate icing, cream-filled, you name it. But I was disappointed to see that Dunkin’, the nation’s largest donut chain, doesn’t offer a single vegan donut for millions of potential customers like me who are choosing to eat plant-based for animals, the environment, and their own health.Several years ago, thousands of Animal Outlook’s supporters asked the donut giant for vegan options, and Dunkin’ responded to this demand with a statement on its website: “You’ve Asked and We’ve Heard,” as it poured out almond milk (which it now offers nationwide!) for its coffee. And yet all of Dunkin’s donuts still contain egg and/or milk ingredients. Now it’s time to make our voices heard once more: Join me in telling Dunkin’ we want a vegan donut to dunk in our coffee!More and more Americans are choosing plant-based fare as the public grows increasingly aware of the vast animal suffering in the dairy and egg industries, in which exhausted mother cows are slaughtered when no longer able to produce milk, and male chicks, considered useless, are even ground up alive. Many consumers are ditching cholesterol-packed dairy and eggs for their own health or to cut their carbon footprints. With plant-based eating on the rise, sales of dairy alternatives are soaring, and big brands like Starbucks, Duncan Hines, sweetFrog, and Breyers are already dishing up vegan sweet treats.But consumers are hungry for a vegan donut nationwide, and as the leading donut chain, Dunkin’ has a major opportunity to attract a massive segment of potential customers by offering one. In fact, industry magazine QSR recently cited offering vegan options as #7 in its list of “100 Ideas for Improving Your Restaurant Brand,” while international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman named plant-based eating the 2018 trend of the year.Please join me today in asking Dunkin’ for a slam dunk in our coffee today: a vegan donut on its menu!Sincerely,Antoine Knighton, the Vegan Ref
Petition to Matt Sloan, Allison Mochizuki, Jon Basalone, Steven Haro, Mark Massaro
Tell Trader Joe’s to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free
Many of us are loyal Trader Joe’s shoppers who appreciate the grocery chain’s healthy low-priced foods, upbeat atmosphere, and superior customer service. That’s why it is especially disheartening to learn that unlike almost every other major grocer in the U.S., Trader Joe’s still doesn’t have a policy to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain. Please sign our petition. Urge Trader Joe’s to take the humane road like so many others and commit to a 100% gestation crate free supply chain. Gestation crates are widely recognized as cruel and inhumane. They confine breeding pigs throughout their 4 month pregnancy in a space so tiny it’s roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies. The crate is so narrow it prevents them from even turning around. The pigs are subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, are then re-impregnated and put back into a gestation crate. This inhumane cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for virtually their entire lives, adding up to years of immobilization. Almost every major company in the food industry—from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Quiznos to retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods, Kroger’s and Walmart—have recognized the need to catch up to public opinion and end the use of gestation crates. Please ask Trader Joe’s do the same. Trader Joe’s cares about customer satisfaction so let’s let them know that their customers are no longer satisfied with a healthy, fresh-format grocery chain that sells pork from suppliers that have inhumane and outdated animal practices. Take action by signing and sharing this petition. Ask Trader Joe’s to do the right thing and commit to a plan to phase out the use of gestation crates in its entire pork supply chain.
Petition to Factory Farms and Animal Mills, North Carolina Governor, Tyson Foods, Perdue, Smithfield, Publix Super Markets, Food Lion, Walmart, KFC, Chick-Fil-A, Wendy's International, Animal Planet, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Animal ACTion Network
PLEASE help stop the brutal murdering and imprisonment of animals on farming mills.
PLEASE SHARE and take a few minutes to see how innocent animals and their babies are being treated in facilities/mills, then just PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE PLEASE! (it is all free unless you want to donate to help promote). We fight for dogs and cats not to be treated this way, why not other animals too? Cows are kept in cages with no room to move, artificially impregnated over and over, while the moms have to watch their own babies being dragged away from their moms after birth to be killed, so consumers can have their milk instead of her baby. Pigs and chickens are kept in cages only big enough for them to barely stand. They are treated beyond inhumane. We would be sent to prison if we did this to a dog, cat, etc. What is the difference?? “If slaughter houses had glass walls, most of us would be vegan.” This is just a PG rated and VERY short description of what is truly going on. There are many videos and documentaries on YouTube like Earthling (PLEASE try to watch it. I tried, but couldn’t) or Earthling Ed that exposes the truth. Please watch what really goes on! Only 3% of farm animals are not raised in these mills. Take the time to educate yourself and our youth to be KIND to EVERY single kind..it’ll go a long way. Help teach them kindness and to help ALL walks of life..kids, disabled, elderly, adults, EVERY single human-being, animals, our Earth, etc. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. It is my first time doing this and am not too good with writing, but please share it. I’m just trying to be a voice for the voiceless. Lauren