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pigs

23 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Carmen Rottenberg, James Snee, Luis Marconi, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Hormel Foods

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 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!”

Compassion Over Killing
245,666 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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.

Crate Free Illinois
223,093 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mr. Paul Glover, Justin Trudeau

Allow Esther the Wonder Pig to Receive Emergency Treatment and Return Home

Esther the Wonder Pig has been raised at the home of Derek Walter & Steve Jenkins, and she is the founding member of the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario, where she currently resides. Esther's story has inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Her book Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time is a NY Times Bestseller and she's made countless TV and radio appearances. While Esther is a star, to Derek and Steve, she is a very important member of their family. Esther has recently fallen ill, and is currently being treated at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Unfortunately, she needs immediate, urgent testing that can only be provided at Cornell University Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, NY. The problem is that Esther would be required to undergo a 3 week quarantine upon her return to Canada after she receives the tests and treatment that she needs at Cornell. Please sign the letter below and respectfully ask The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and Mr. Paul Glover, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to waive this requirement for Esther, who is truly a Canadian national treasure. #EsthersAppeal You don't have to contribute to sign, contributions made from this site go to change.org to help them in their mission and further promote the petition. DONATIONS FOR ESTHER'S CARE SHOULD ONLY BE MADE AT HER PAGE:  http://www.estherthewonderpig.com/donate    

Deborah Loring
108,509 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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
18,830 supporters