Petition to Wendy's
Time's Up Wendy's: I support the Freedom Fast to end sexual violence in the fields
“We decided to demand the right as women to work free of sexual harassment and violence, and the right to protect our dignity.” — LUPE GONZALO, CIW MEMBER For generations, the women who harvest the fruits and vegetables that we put on our families’ tables have faced a daily barrage of sexual abuse in the fields: vulgar comments, groping, demands of sexual favors from supervisors, and, in the most extreme cases, rape. If a woman spoke up, she would be fired, while her abuser would be right back at work the next day. Today, under the groundbreaking protections of the Fair Food Program, the story has changed, and that change is spreading. Farmworker women and men organizing as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) launched the Fair Food Program in 2011. The program has radically transformed working conditions for tens of thousands of agricultural laborers, eliminating longstanding human rights abuses from sexual assault to forced labor. In the words of Alejandrina Carrera, a worker at Pacific Tomato Growers, under the Fair Food Program, "You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.” Another worker said simply, “Our dignity has been restored by this program.” Today, the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program extends beyond Florida tomatoes to seven states and three crops. All the major fast-food companies – McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, KFC, and Chipotle – are fully on board, having signed binding Fair Food agreements. All except Wendy’s. Instead, in response to pressure to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s abandoned its longtime Florida tomato suppliers and shifted its purchases to Mexico, where sexual harassment and assault in the fields are endemic and go unchecked. There, farmworker women are intimidated into silence by a culture of fear, violence, and corruption. Rather than join the leading program for ending sexual violence, Wendy’s has chosen to profit from women’s pain, its brand protected by the women’s involuntary silence. Today we are breaking that silence. Farmworkers from Immokalee are launching the five-day Freedom Fast outside the Manhattan hedge fund offices of Nelson Peltz, Wendy’s largest shareholder and Chair of its Board of Directors. The Freedom Fast will then culminate with a massive Time's Up Wendy's March on March 15 in the heart of Manhattan. http://www.boycott-wendys.org/register-fast We're asking you to sign this petition and support the fasters demanding that Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program. Demand justice for farmworker women from Mr. Peltz, who has the power to end sexual violence against women in Wendy's supply chain and yet, does nothing. For market giants like Wendy’s, refusing to take meaningful action to end sexual violence in the supply chain — when a proven solution is right at their fingertips — is no longer an option. #TimesUpWendys
Petition to President Trump's Agricultural and Rural Advisory Team, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Americans Want Labeled Beef
Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and harvested beef. Getting this definition attached to the phrase “Product of the USA” is your only assurance that the beef you purchase was solely raised in the United States. The United States Cattlemen's Association asks that only beef that has been born, raised and harvested in the United States be labeled as U.S.A. Beef. Due to the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling law in 2015, there are no clear definitions for what constitutes a U.S. beef product. For example, cattle or beef that is imported into our borders and then undergoes further processing or handling at a USDA-inspected facility can be labeled as a "Product of the United States”, even if the handling of the product was minimal.This lack of a clearly defined label is highly misleading to the consumer. Consumers are only able to make wise choices if provided the information they need to make those choices. Clear, Transparent, Defined labeling fulfills: 1. Consumers desire transparency and freedom of choice in the foods they purchase. Consumers are aware that there may be different feed, veterinary practices or husbandry practices that are used in raising beef or cattle in other countries. For example, some countries utilize forced or slave labor in the raising of cattle and production of beef. Other countries cause irreparable environmental damage, either through rainforest deforestation or harmful production practices. Consumers have the right to make decisions that align with their personal values and beliefs. 2. The ability of consumers and retailers to recognize products that have been recalled, thereby increasing food safety at home and in the grocery store. Consumers and retailers need to have the capacity to trace product and make smart decisions in the case of bio-security issues involving herd health or when emerging zoonotic diseases come to light 3. The prevention of U.S. economic loss by ensuring our ranchers, feedlot owners, and backgrounders are all allowed the opportunity to succeed in a global marketplace. U.S. cattle producers need to have the ability to differentiate their domestic product from imported product in the marketplace. Country-of-origin labeling prevents U.S. agriculture jobs from being outsourced to other countries who can produce beef at a lower cost due to less stringent environmental and workplace regulations. Just as Americans don't want U.S. factories moved overseas, why would we send agriculture jobs out of our country? Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and slaughtered beef. For more information, visit United States Cattlemen's Association at www.uscattlemen.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uscattlemens
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 Pat Roberts, Debbie Stabenow, Thad Cochran, Patrick Leahy, Mitch McConnell, Sherrod Brown, John Boozman, Amy Klobuchar, John Hoeven, Michael Bennet, Joni Ernst, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Grassley, Joe Donnelly, John Thune, Heidi Heitkamp, Steve Daines, Robert Casey, David Perdue, Chris Van Hollen
We are Losing Hundreds of Family Dairy Farms Each Year in the USA
Currently dairy farmers are losing approximately 50-60 cents a gallon on all the milk they produce. This is the reason we are losing so many family dairy farms in the United States. The national production of milk is approximately 204 billion pounds of milk annually which means that dairy farmers are losing $5 per 100 pounds. Nationally this means the dairy farmers are losing over $10 billion each year. This translates into about a $60 billion loss for the rural economy. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE! WE NEED YOUR HELP IMMEDIATELY! THIS CAN BE CORRECTED! We are urging the United States Congress and the Dairy Division of the USDA to have open hearings for dairy farmers to hear and hopefully resolve their problems. We have outlined specific programs congress can take to correct this problem. Please refer to the "Dairy Farmers Are Left Behind Again" guest editorial by Arden Tewksbury located on the Progressive Agriculture Facebook page to view suggestions where congress can help dairy farmers. (Link included) https://www.facebook.com/Progressive-Agriculture-Organization-130911270336981/ Consumers, you must decide; Do you want to be drinking milk from the USA or milk imported from other countries? The decision is up to YOU! Act NOW and sign this petition! Thank you!
Petition to Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, Luigi Bonini, Chris Carr, Adam Brotman, Aimee Johnson, Rosalind Brewer
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!
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 Kraft Foods, Bernardo Hees, Michael Mullen, Caroline Krajewski
Kraft a Better BOCA and Ditch Dairy!
As a staple at cookouts, on camping trips, and on restaurant menus nationwide, Kraft Heinz’ BOCA brand has long been a household name at the forefront of the meatless market. But while other veggie burger brands have embraced the soaring demand for dairy-free dining in recent years, the majority of the BOCA burgers and bowls lining grocery store shelves still contain unhealthy, cruelly produced cow’s milk.In 2009, BOCA took a major, promising step forward by committing to dropping all eggs from its line after hearing from tens of thousands of consumers who were hungry for fully plant-based burgers through a campaign by Compassion Over Killing and other organizations. Yet today, although BOCA has recognized that “consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based options,” most of its meatless products contain cow’s milk. Join us in telling parent company Kraft Heinz that it’s time to ditch the dairy and make BOCA an all-vegan brand!At least 60 percent of adults worldwide can’t digest cow’s milk. Millions more are cutting out milk not only for their own health, but also for the environment and for animals, who, as a recent Compassion Over Killing investigative video exposed, suffer a systematic cycle of cruelty in the dairy industry. On factory farms, dairy cows are impregnated by artificial insemination year after year; each newborn calf is taken from them shortly after birth so their milk can be sold for humans; and when their exhausted bodies can no longer produce milk, these mother cows are sent to slaughter because they’re no longer considered profitable.As more and more Americans turn away from cow’s milk, dairy alternatives are flying off the shelves, with sales projected to reach $35 billion by 2024. To meet the meat-free, dairy-free demand, brands like Gardein, the Bill Gates-backed Beyond Meat, and Field Roast are already producing completely vegan burger lines, and even fast food giants like White Castle are dishing up plant-based patties. After hearing from consumers, meatless brand Lightlife also jumped aboard in 2017, announcing its transition to a 100% vegan line. If Lightlife can do it, why can’t BOCA?A new report by international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman has named plant-based dining as the 2018 trend of the year, citing factors like a 257% increase between 2012 and 2016 in vegan-labeled food and drink products at grocery stores. BOCA is falling behind in this plant-based revolution--but it can reposition itself as an industry leader in this rapidly growing market by dropping dairy for good.Join us today in telling Kraft Heinz that consumers are craving an all-vegan BOCA brand, and it’s time to ditch the dairy!
Petition to Sonny Perdue
Keep Organic Strong: Tell the USDA to Stop Clucking Around
Use your voice to protect organic! The Administration is threatening to weaken organic standards by eliminating widely agreed-upon protections for the treatment of animals in USDA policies. When animals are raised right, roam more freely and are (quite frankly) allowed to be animals, we don’t need to pump them full of antibiotics, growth promotants, and other artificial junk. Most of us already trust that when a label says “organic” it means animal care standards are in place - like space requirements and prohibitions against things like tail docking for pigs -- but with the USDA disregarding these new rules that won’t always be the case. We are asking that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue restore the organic animal welfare standard. Please sign and share this petition to let your voice be heard.