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vegetarian

21 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Carmen Rottenberg, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Ben Harrison

Tell the USDA to Halt High-Speed Slaughter Horrors!

Most chicken slaughter plants in the US kill up to 140 birds each minute. That’s more than two birds every single second. I’d seen the haunting footage, and I knew that even at these speeds, suffering is rampant. But then I worked undercover for Compassion Over Killing (COK) inside an Amick Farms slaughterhouse, which operates under a dangerous USDA high-speed slaughter program, where many government inspection duties are placed in the hands of the plant itself. At Amick Farms, birds are killed at a reckless pace, putting their welfare, along with workers and consumers, at risk. The cruelty I documented inside this high-speed house of horrors was a living nightmare.At Amick, which kills more than one million birds per week, violence and critical errors were rampant as workers struggled to keep up. I saw birds being punched, shoved, and thrown down the recklessly fast-paced kill line. Other birds slowly drowned in the electrified stunning baths during equipment breakdowns. I also captured footage of “red birds,” with blood visible under their skin—a sign that they were scalded alive.Throughout the chicken industry, birds endure egregious abuse, severe overcrowding, filthy conditions, and the crippling effects of unnaturally rapid growth—all before being trucked, sometimes for several hours, through all weather extremes to a gruesome death. And even at the already staggering rate of 140 birds killed per minute at most slaughterhouses, workers are forced to keep birds moving down the rapidly running kill line as quickly as possible, risking their own safety and animal welfare. At even higher speeds, these dangers are alarmingly exacerbated.Amick is one of 24 chicken plants that the USDA allows to run at these incredibly high speeds.  The National Chicken Council recently petitioned the USDA to completely eliminate any speed caps for plants nationwide—and although the USDA denied that request after hearing from more than 100,000 concerned consumers, it is now granting waivers to individual plants to run at up to 175 birds per minute, like at Amick Farms. Up until recently, there were 20 increased speed plants, but the government just handed out four more individual waivers, with plans to give out more.At such speeds, animals can endure even greater suffering. Not only do machines break down, trapping birds in electrified water baths where they drown, but workers are forced to take inhumane and dangerous shortcuts to maintain the fast pace, often causing harm to themselves in the process too. Working at Amick even for just a short time, my knuckles were swollen and my hands were in constant pain. I couldn’t close my hands, and my fingers would not touch when extended. In the filthy and fast-paced assembly-line environment, many workers also removed their shirts in the extreme heat, putting themselves at further risk as they operated dangerous machinery without even basic protection.This is the second time in just a few years that a COK investigation has exposed the horrors of high-speed slaughter, yet instead of abolishing this inhumane and dangerous program, the USDA drives it forward.In late 2015, a COK investigator worked inside Quality Pork Processors, a high-speed pig slaughter plant supplying Hormel Foods, revealing pigs shocked, dragged, and pulled to the kill floor; pigs covered in feces and pus-filled abscesses processed for human consumption with a USDA seal of approval; and much more. COK has since hand-delivered over a quarter million signatures against high-speed slaughter to the USDA’s offices.Slaughterhouses are already hell on earth for birds, who aren’t even afforded the minimal protections granted to other animals under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA). And now, instead of taking steps to reduce the suffering of these animals, the USDA wants to speed up kill lines to boost industry profits under the guise of “modernization.”Please join me in urging the USDA to put the brakes on cruel and reckless high-speed slaughter today—and instead grant these birds bare minimum protections under federal law.In solidarity,“Jordan”Undercover Investigator, Compassion Over Killing P.S. The easiest way you can protect chickens, and all animals, from this abuse is to try healthy and delicious vegan eating. Click here to get started!

Compassion Over Killing
18,923 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to WeWork , Adam Neumann, Miguel McKelvey

End the meat ban at WeWork

Learn more about WeWork's funding: Forbes: WeWork Confirms Massive $4.4 Billion Investment From SoftBank And Its Vision Fund Financial Times: SoftBank in talks to invest $10bn in WeWorkInvestment could lead to the Saudi-backed fund owning a majority of US office group You having this meat ban is unacceptable to us as members, especially since you seem perfectly fine benefitting from investments from a country not only with a myriad of human rights abuses, but even more absurdly, the fact that most of that wealth is from oil, which we probably don’t need to remind you, but worth repeating given your reasoning, has all kinds of implications impacting the climate. Imposing policy on your members and employees for the sake of the environment opens you to a myriad of questions regarding SoftBank's funding being primarily oil based. As a company, maybe examine the environmental burden of where you source your funding from rather than imposing it on your staff and members ability to determine what they will and will not eat. Eating meat should be our choice as members. It’s absurd for you to bring vendors in and control what they are able to sell to us. It would be one thing if you were somehow subsidizing the cost, but you are not. We are not your employees. If you want to treat your employees like subjects much like your financiers treat their own kingdom, that’s your choice. This is a joke when compared to your principled corporate initiatives you have like your refugee hiring program. Please end this.

Rachel Cantor
175 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Rodney McMullen, Mike Schlotman, Chris Kirkland, Larry Binkowski, Brian Adams, Nicole Phillips, Lonnie Walp

Stop Selling Rabbit Meat

What would you do if you saw cat or dog meat in a store? Most people would be completely disgusted, because cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the United States.  So if it's considered barbaric to sell the meat of cats or dogs, why is it considered okay to sell the meat of the third most popular pet in the United States, the rabbit? This petition focuses on Kroger, which used to be one of my favorite stores to shop at until I saw that they were selling rabbit meat, specifically, Pel-Freez rabbit meat. According to an undercover study done by the LCA, (Last Chance for Animals), Pel-Freez workers: ·       Hit the rabbits on the head with the dull edge of a knife, which often doesn't knock them unconscious as it is supposed to ·      Break the rabbits' rear legs ·      Hang the rabbits upside down ·       Stun them (this is usually done improperly, meaning the rabbits remain fully conscious) ·       Decapitate the rabbits- depending on how sharp their knives are, this may take anywhere from one slice to a repeated sawing motion that makes rabbits scream in pain until their vocal cords are severed There are no breeds of rabbits that are exclusively, "Meat rabbits." The breeds primarily used as "Meat rabbits," are New Zealand rabbits, and Californian Rabbits, (as shown above in picture). In fact, New Zealand rabbits are the 8th most common rabbit breed kept as pets! There is no reason that we should be eating an animal that is kept as a pet by millions of people nationwide! So what can you do? 1.    Stop buying rabbit meat if you do 2.    Sign this petition! 3.    Share this petition with everyone you know 4.    Donate to the GoFundMe Page by clicking here 5.    Send a letter to Kroger urging them to stop the sale of rabbit meat  Mailing address-  The Kroger Co. 1014 Vine Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100 6. Consider shopping at one of the following grocery stores instead of Kroger Walmart-   http://www.walmart.com/ ALDI-   https://www.aldi.us/ Meijer-   http://www.meijer.com/# Save-A-Lot-   http://save-a-lot.com/ The Fresh Market-  http://www.thefreshmarket.com/ Trader Joe's-  http://www.traderjoes.com/ If you prefer another grocery store, look online, or call them to see if they sell rabbit meat. 7. Like and share this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Online-Petition-to-get-Kroger-to-Stop-Selling-Rabbit-Meat/893722184049430?sk=timeline If you sign this petition, consider telling Kroger if you're going to shop at a different store, and how much business they're losing by losing you.  If you feel strongly about this issue, I urge you to complete the steps above and sign some of these other petitions that have been set up to stop production and commercialization of rabbit meat in other stores and companies. https://www.change.org/p/wholefoods-please-do-not-sell-rabbit-meat-in-your-stores?recruiter=354128748&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink   https://www.change.org/p/loblaw-companies-limited-galen-g-weston-exceutive-chairman-and-president-grant-froese-chief-operating-officer-sarah-r-davis-cheif-adminstrator-officer-stop-stocking-rabbit-meat   https://www.change.org/p/whole-foods-stop-selling-rabbit-meat?recruiter=354128748&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink   https://www.change.org/p/coach-inc-stop-selling-rabbit-fur-products?recruiter=354128748&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink   These are only some of them. You can find many more by simply searching the word, "Rabbit" in the search bar of change.org.   Thank you for signing this petition and setting us one step closer to stopping the sale of rabbit meat at Kroger.   Resources "Rabbit Slaughterhouse Investigation - Last Chance for ..." 2015. 4 Aug. 2015 <http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/investigations/investigations-in-the-field/rabbit-slaughterhouse-investigation> “Californian Rabbit- A Californian Rabbit with Several Kits” 2015. 4 Aug. 2015 <http://t3.gstatic.com/imagesq=tbn:ANd9GcRlGpOaqamh0S4aE4sC6zB9CllhoAzTSRCSwV6IhbGXaqa2eWZc> "How Many Pet Rabbits Are There in the US? - House Rabbit ..." 2014. 4 Aug. 2015 <http://rabbit.org/how-many-pet-rabbits-are-there-in-the-u-s/> "10 Popular Pet Rabbit Breeds - Small Pets Tips ... - Mom.me." 2015. 4 Aug. 2015 <http://mom.me/pets/small-pets/19118-popular-pet-rabbit-breeds/>  

Anna MacLennan
9,660 supporters