Topic

vegan

105 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Paul Fabre, David Scrivano, Tina Orozco, Max Wetzel, Rob Lynch

Little Caesars and Papa John’s: Take a Slice out of Cruelty—Offer Vegan Cheese!

I recently worked inside one of the largest dairy factory farms on the East Coast, one that touts its innovation as the first in the country to implement machine-milking of cows, known as “robo-milking.” Yet the horrors I documented at Mason Dixon Farms as a Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator reveal the much darker reality of this massive dairy factory. At Mason Dixon, which supplies to Land O’Lakes and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest milk marketing cooperative in the US, I witnessed violent abuse of mother cows on a regular basis, including workers kicking cows in the face or udders, jabbing cows with their elbows, bending and twisting their tails, and even punching them for fun. One time, I even saw a cow who was too weak to stand up being electrically shocked over 100 times. On this massive factory farm, 2,500 cows live in hazardous conditions, often getting stuck on large water troughs, unable to free themselves, and falling. Cows even walk in water contaminated with formaldehyde, which workers often handled without proper protective gear. I also watched as terrified cows were turned completely on their sides by an enormous machine, and then they had all four legs restrained so that their hooves could be sawed down in a frightening process. While this facility is not in the Papa John’s or Little Caesars supply chains, the cruelty I documented at Mason Dixon is, sadly, not an isolated case. Footage like mine has revealed time and time again that suffering is inherent in the dairy industry—from newborn calves being ripped from their mothers shortly after birth for the veal industry, to exhausted mother cows being trucked off to the slaughterhouse when they’re no longer producing milk. These haunting images are the sad reality of Big Dairy in America. Fortunately, however, millions of consumers are now waking up to the cruelty—as well as the health and environmental hazards—behind every carton of milk, and are increasingly choosing dairy-free options. Sales of dairy alternatives are soaring, even outpacing those of dairy itself, and the market is projected to reach $35 billion by 2024. But pizza giants like Papa John's and Little Caesars have yet to take a stand against the misery behind every bite of mozzarella and offer consumers an alternative: vegan cheese. So while pizza chains like Mellow Mushroom, Lebron James’ Blaze Pizza, and Pieology are shaping the future of pizza by offering dairy-free cheese options, Papa John’s and Little Caesars are lagging behind. As leaders in the pizza industry, Papa John’s and Little Caesars have an opportunity to make a meaningful change for consumers and cows alike through a simple addition to their menus. Please join me in urging these chains to take a slice out of cruelty and offer vegan cheese. In solidarity, “Ross” (Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) (*this language was updated from an earlier version)

Compassion Over Killing
103,856 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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!

Jane Velez-Mitchell and Compassion Over Killing
31,539 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Popeyes, Richard Lynch, William Matt, Investor , Media , Popeyes , Guest , Feed

Popeyes: Listen to consumer demand and release plant-based chicken!

Whenever I have time, I enjoy eating a meal out with friends and family. And there’s one fast-food chain now that’s getting so much buzz: Popeyes. As people around the country wait in lines at Popeyes, I can’t join them, nor can millions of other customers. That’s because Popeyes is a company falling behind the times in offering accessibility to plant-based options. As one of the most-talked-about fast-food restaurants out there right now, will you join me in calling on Popeyes to step up and add a plant-based chicken sandwich to their menu? One of Popeyes biggest competitors, KFC, has already tested out a plant-based chicken option in one of their Atlanta locations. Sales were through the roof. The plant-based chicken was so popular that it sold out in five hours! KFC sold as many plant-based boneless wings as they would sell popcorn chicken in an entire week. It is very clear consumers are demanding plant-based chicken!  With over 2,400 locations, Popeyes is one of the largest fried chicken chains in the United States. Many restaurants near me have accommodations for all different diet restrictions. But there are many communities that still don’t have access to plant-based options and are surrounded by similar fast-food chains. Fortunately, many fast-food restaurants such as Burger King, Dunkin’, White Castle and many others have been adding plant-based options to their menus. Now it is time for Popeyes to do the same! Sign and share to ask Popeyes to join 2019 and offer plant-based chicken in their supply chain! Many people are interested in trying out plant-based options for numerous reasons. The growth of plant-based protein and meat alternatives is projected to increase from $4.6 billion to $85 billion in 2030. Popeye’s has a tremendous opportunity to catch up to its competitors by providing a plant-based chicken option. Tell Popeyes the time to act on consumer demands now!

Radhika Gupta
520 supporters