Petition to Hillary Clinton
We want our leaders to promote a vegan lifestyle.
Hillary. When you become president you will make history. You will be our first female president. I want you to make history again, by promoting a vegan lifestyle for all Americans. I want you to take a stand against animal agriculture, against American over consumption of animal products. I want you to help all Americans make the connection between the food on their plate and the death and environmental destruction that the food caused. We know that animal agriculture makes up 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, 34-76 trillion gallons of water consumption a year, 45% of the world's land coverage, the leading cause of water pollution, and the leading cause of deforestation. We also know that the number 1 killer of Americans (heart disease) can be prevented and reversed by adopting a plant based vegan diet. Yet, most Americans are still comfortable eating steak for dinner. I urge you to take a political stand. End government subsidies to the meat and dairy industries. Instead, increase subsidies to local, community based vegan farming. Farming at a local level, producing the veggies and fruits that humans are designed to eat, is the way of the future. Do you have the courage to lead America on the ethical path? Are you willing to state the unpopular so that we can end unnecessary pollution, death and destruction? We need a leader who will do this. We need a leader who welcomes this necessary change. If you, as the future President of the United States of America, promote a vegan lifestyle, the rest of the world will listen. You have the opportunity to encourage billions of humans to positively impact our planet with just the food on their plates. Please do so, not for my sake but for the sake of our children and our planet. We only have one. ___________________________________________________________ Thomas Edison (1847-1931) – Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) – Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. http://nutritionfacts.org/ http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ http://www.changeforayear.com/
Petition to Adidas
Create Vegan Friendly Footwear Options with Faux Leather
The production of real leather requires the death and suffering of cows. Everyone knows this. So why do mainstream shoe companies still not carry faux leather options? Faux leather is cheaper to produce, lasts longer, and most importantly, does not harm animals. That's why it's absurd that a shoe company as successful and popular as Adidas does not carry vegan (faux leather) options in any of its styles. Not only does this prevent vegan and ethical shoppers from being able to purchase their shoes, but it perpetuates the idea that we as a society need to use leather. Would Adidas signature styles such as the Superstar and Stan Smith still be as stylish and highly sought-after if they were made with faux leather? I dare say they would. However, I recognize that making the leap from using real cow leather to using solely faux leather is a difficult process. Therefore, I propose a solution. Would it not be absolutely fantastic -- for both humans and animals- if Adidas was to come out with a line of faux leather versions of its most popular styles? This would be an idea that benefits everyone involved. Adidas would open up their market to vegan customers, vegan customers would be able to purchase a pair or two (or twenty) of fashionable new cruelty-free shoes, and fewer cows would have their lives taken for a fashion material that already has a cheaper, more durable alternative. Sign this petition if you agree that everyone would benefit from Adidas coming out with vegan/faux leather versions of their most popular styles. Signing won’t cost you a thing, but if we are successful, your signature may just save the life of an innocent animal.
Petition to Animal Welfare Leaders
Tell Animal Rescue Groups: Adopt a Vegan Policy to Save the Animals and the Earth
It’s the greatest crisis in the history of the animal welfare movement. And none of us are talking about it. A mass extinction of species is now underway– up to 200 species are going extinct every day. Scientists are calling it the Sixth Great Mass Extinction of Species on Earth. And it’s being caused by us... It’s happening fast. Unlike mass extinction events of the past, which have taken tens of thousands to millions of years, this mass extinction is happening in just decades. According to scientists, we have 10-20 years at most to create meaningful change, or we may be in a fatal “runaway” scenario. Animal lovers, animal rescuers, and nonprofits organized for animal welfare- together, we have the power to forestall this mass extinction of Earth's species, but we must step up and lead- now. The primary drivers of this mass extinction event are global deforestation, rainforest depletion, and climate change. As it turns out, the #1 cause of global deforestation, rainforest depletion, and climate change is global animal agriculture. And the sole basis for animal agriculture is meat and dairy consumers. Industry experts are predicting that meat and dairy consumption will increase 135% by the year 2050. Of course, that is beyond unsustainable. But it means that meat and dairy consumers are our single greatest hope for change. In the face of this urgent crisis, we at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, NC, are challenging our fellow animal rescue groups across the country to take what we think is a very reasonable action: adopt a public vegan policy for their organization. A public vegan policy doesn’t mean everyone has to go vegan overnight. Rather, it’s a powerful, symbolic act that presents a unique opportunity for animal rescuers to start this urgent conversation with their colleagues, supporters, and public about the impacts of meat and dairy consumption on this crisis of mass species extinction. Adopting a vegan policy is easy. In it’s simplest form, a vegan policy means that organizations choose not to serve any animal products at any/all events, fundraisers, and functions. On the Facebook page for this petition, we have a downloadable Quick-Start kit with easy templates for creating a board resolution, employee policy, public announcement, and FAQs. For most animal rescuers, our work for the animals is a way of life for us. We strive to be a force of uncompromised compassion for the animals we work to protect. Animal rescuers can be fearless advocates, and that’s why we are calling on fellow animal welfare organizations to step up and lead at this crucial time in our history. On behalf of the tens of thousands of wildlife species now facing imminent extinction; for the over one trillion fish, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other farmed animals subjected to unimaginable cruelty and exploitation every year; for this next generation of humans who will inherit a world in chaos due to burgeoning climate change– the transition to a vegan diet is the single greatest act an individual can take to make an immediate impact on these crises. Please take action. Sign and share this petition to challenge animal welfare groups across the country to adopt a vegan policy. Then go to the Facebook page for this petition and learn how you can get involved in this important campaign for the animals and the Earth. Thank you for your consideration of this most urgent initiative.
Petition to Vincent A. Sheheen, Karl B. Allen, Nikki G. Setzler, Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms, Katrina Frye Shealy, Greg Hembree, Daniel B. "Danny" Verdin, III, J. Thomas McElveen, III, Tom Young, Jr., M. Lee Bright, Glenn G. Reese, Kevin Bryant, Sean Bennett, Darrell Jackson, R. Wes Hayes, Paul Thurmond, Hugh Leatherman, George E. "Chip" Campsen, III, A. Shane Massey, Beth E. Bernstein, South Carolina State, John Richard C. King, William R. "Bill" Whitmire, Christopher J. "Chris" Murphy, James Mikell "Mike" Burns, Christopher Corley, South Carolina
Make it illegal to have outdoor dogs in South Carolina
Dear Members of The South Carolina Legislature: Hundreds of thousands of people keep their dogs outside in South Carolina. Dogs are kept confined by tethers, chains, and kennels. Dogs have basic needs to be loved, cared for, and well socialized. Caring for them means providing adequate shelter, food, exercise, and closeness to humans. Confining dogs outdoors is cruel because it deprives them of having basic needs met. It leads to poor socialization, behavioral issues such as aggression, muscle atrophy, and poor overall physical condition. It subjects them to inclement weather and can lead to death in temperatures that are too hot or too cold. It furthermore is cruel and should be considered neglect because it causes animals to be isolated, alone, and unable to attach or bond with others, robbing them of the chance to be with anyone. People should not be able to keep animals outdoors and this should be considered neglect. We respectfully request that legislation be implemented to prohibit individuals from keeping their dogs confined outside. Thank you for your consideration of this petition. Sincerely, Geeta Nangia, MD
Petition to Peter Collins, David Scrivano, Tina Orozco, Sean Muldoon, Steve Ritchie
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)
Petition to Foreign Language Student Residence
Give BYU students the option of making their self-funded dinners plant-based
The Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR) on Brigham Young University (BYU) campus accommodates students from all over the world who want to practice or help others practice a number of languages other than English. As part of the program, four nights each week, all students who live in the housing eat dinner together with others who speak their particular language. This dinner is communally payed for and prepared by the students; the funds are overseen by BYU's College of Humanities. Overall, this program is wonderful and successful at helping students learn a second language at a conversational level. The housing complex has been accurately described as "the melting pot of BYU" (Phillips, 2015). All that we're requesting now is that the FLSR take one more small step toward inclusivity: give the students the option to prepare their own plant-based dinners, using the fund they contributed to. The FLSR should make this change because  there is demand at the FLSR for plant-based dinners,  this demand isn't going to disappear (Oberst, 2018),  many students see this as a moral or ethical issue, and  this change would be simple: for the FLSR administration, it wouldn't be a matter of accommodating students so much as allowing the students to accommodate themselves. So whether students are vegan, vegetarian, vegan-leaning, or simply conscientious of their own health or their impact on the world, let the plant-eaters eat their plants. References: Oberst, L. (2018). Why the Global Rise in Vegan and Plant-Based Eating Isn’t A Fad (600% Increase in U.S. Vegans + Other Astounding Stats) [Online]. Food Revolution Network. Available at: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/vegan-statistics-global/ (Accessed: 5 September 2018). Phillips, C. (2015) ‘FLSR Housing offers international BYU experience with improvements Fall 2015’, The Daily Universe, Provo, 20 February.
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 Kraft Foods, Bernardo Hees, Michael Mullen, Caroline Krajewski, Juliet Levine
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!