591 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Rob Loughery, Charles Martin, Diane Ellis Marseglia, Jeff Benedetto, Kristin Tyler, Judi Reiss, John Lewis, David Fritchey, Lynn T. Bush, Richard Harvey

Farmer: "You take care of the farm and the farm will take care of you." Preserve 100%!

Patterson Farm has been continuously farmed for 333 years. The historic farm is one of the few remaining vegetable farms that border Interstate 95 along the NY-to-DC corridor. This important farm deserves the protection of an agricultural deed restriction that will allow future generations to continue to farm the land. Your signature supports the preservation of 100% of Patterson Farm.  Owned by Lower Makefield Township in Bucks County, PA, Patterson Farms is comprised of PA's BEST farm soils. Its' land is currently rented to a family of experienced farmers who grow award-winning vegetables and are mentoring the next generation of farmers.  But development pressure in the Northeast is high.  Please join the members of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc., a volunteer group of concerned citizens, in asking our elected officials to follow through on that protection and support our plan to restore and protect the farm. History: Farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had REFUSED ALL OFFERS from developers. They wanted to preserve their beloved farm. Lower Makefield Township officials used Eminent Domain to obtain the farm, paying the elderly landowners only a fraction of its worth. ELECTED OFFICIALS PROMISED PRESERVATION BUT HAVE NEVER DEED RESTRICTED THE MAJORITY OF THE FARM. Instead, former officials have engaged in demolition by neglect, allowing the condition of the farm structures to decline, while collecting income from the farm. But concerned citizens are rallying to preserve the farm. Before her death, Alice Patterson expressed her fears that elected officials would "ruin the farm."  The volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. want to make sure that does not happen. We are ready with a hands-on restoration plan. The growing of crops in the good earth should continue in perpetuity for the benefit of present and future generations, as farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had wished. Patterson Farms historic homes and barns should not be "repurposed" for uses other than agriculture, or demolished. They should be restored, as they are essential for continued farming. The farms open spaces and agricultural use co-exist peacefully with neighbors, and with the native wildlife that inhabit its lush woodlands and serene wetlands. Please join the volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. in encouraging elected officials to preserve 100% of Patterson Farm NOW! #LocalFarmsMatter  #SaveTheFarm #ThisPlaceMatters #LocallyGrown    

Patterson Farm Preservation Group
3,857 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, Luigi Bonini, Chris Carr, Adam Brotman, Aimee Johnson

Starbucks: Take the Next Step and Offer a Vegan Food Menu!

Starbucks was one of the first national coffee chains to offer soy milk, and in the past year, the company has also added coconut milk to its menu as well as announced the expansion of its Animal Welfare-Friendly Practices. In light of these positive steps forward, Starbucks should continue its progress by taking the next step: offer vegan food options!      Right now, a growing number of consumers looking for dairy-free coffee beverages can turn to Starbucks for soy milk or coconut milk – but that’s where Starbuck’s menu falls short.  Plant-based food options are limited to oatmeal and a few pre-packaged fruit-based snacks. By expanding its food menu to include hearty meat-, egg-, and dairy-free options such as vegan muffins or a protein-packed breakfast sandwich, Starbucks would give existing customers more choices while also reaching out to a new customer-base. This simple change will allow so many more customers to add a breakfast item with their coffee, stay for lunch, enjoy a pastry, or grab some food to go. Recent market trend research shows that vegan eating is hitting the mainstream. A recent restaurant industry journal noted that “Millennials are increasingly interested in vegan cuisine, and more than 60 percent consume meat alternatives.” Consumer interest in plant-based food and drink has become so widespread that Starbucks acknowledges that its decision to add coconut milk was based on customer requests – it was one of the “most popular My Starbucks Ideas of all time!” Other national chains similar to Starbucks are already responding to the consumer interest in plant-based options. For example, in addition to dairy-free milk for coffee, Le Pain Quotidien’s menu features several hearty vegan options from breakfast through dessert, Au Bon Pain has a daily vegan soup, and Einstein Bros Bagels offers hummus or peanut butter toppings for bagels. It is clear that consumer demand is shifting towards healthier and more humane foods, and Starbucks has taken the first steps to respond. Now it’s time for the company to take the next step -- and take the lead -- by offering a substantial plant-based food options.  Starbucks has already shown that it listens to consumer requests, so please sign this petition to let the company know that you appreciate the dairy-free milk options, and you’re ready for a vegan food menu!

Jane Velez-Mitchell and Compassion Over Killing
24,180 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Colleen Hiscock (VP, Research and Development), Sofina Foods, Steve Parkill, Michael Latifi, Hugh Atkin, Anabel Baklayan, Brent Quartermain, Greg Rule, Rick Turvey, Fabio Pozzobon, Julie Powell, Andrew Bracht, Claudette Pshebniski, Catherine Brennan, Michael MacDonald, Robert Andru, Paul Craft, Adrian Zilli, Paul Corbin, Bill Baker, Sofina Foods

Tell the Turkey Industry to Stop Scalding Animals Alive

I worked at a Lilydale turkey slaughterhouse in Canada and was sickened by the horrific animal abuse and suffering I witnessed there. I saw workers yank turkeys out of transport crates and violently shackle them upside down on the slaughter line. The frightened birds were then dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but still conscious and able to feel pain when their throats were cut open. Many were still alive when they were submerged in hot water tanks and scalded to death. Using hidden cameras, I recorded it all. I also reported these heartbreaking abuses to management, but saw no corrective actions taken. In fact, everything I witnessed is considered standard practice at turkey slaughterhouses across the country. The workers I spoke with agreed that these animals are essentially tortured to death. Their suffering is almost unimaginable. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Please join me in calling on Lilydale’s parent company, Sofina Foods, to end the worst forms of animal abuse at its facilities, including swiftly ending live-shackle slaughter in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, cutting open, and scalding conscious animals. 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 food companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals. For example, after hearing from thousands of people through, Maple Leaf Foods, the largest meat producer in Canada, committed to ending the torture of birds at its slaughterhouses by switching to less cruel slaughter systems. It’s time for Sofina Foods to do the same. Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Sofina Foods to stop torturing turkeys and adopt meaningful animal welfare standards. Thank you. “Kurt” Whistleblower

Mercy For Animals
197,211 supporters