Thirteen years ago, on bitterly cold nights in Philadelphia, a small group of activists stood outside restaurants to protest foie gras. It was the start of something that would become more impactful—thanks to supporters like you—than we ever imagined.
2018 has been an incredible year for animals all over the world, thanks to Open Wing Alliance (OWA)—a global coalition of animal protection organisations established in 2016 by The Humane League. In less than 3 years, OWA's international impact on animal welfare has been significant. And, each passing year continues to bring more and more accomplishments.
What do tobacco age limits, wild rice labeling, and states' rights to regulate animal welfare have in common? They would have all been impacted by the dangerous King Amendment, had it been included in the 2018 Farm Bill. As you may recall, earlier this year, The Humane League, and other animal protection organizations, mobilized activists to ensure the Protect Interstate Commerce Act ("PICA")—also known as the King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)—would not be included in the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. And our shared hard work paid off!
"THL's most significant advantage is not any single program, but rather their general approach to advocacy. Among animal advocacy organizations, THL makes particularly strong efforts to assess their own programs and to look for and test ways to improve them. Their success in their corporate campaigns, and the publication of their research through Humane League Labs (HLL), has shifted the outlook and programming of several other advocacy organizations toward finding the best ways to advocate for animals."
-Animal Charity Evaluators, 2018
Giving Tuesday is a powerful day. It's a day of international giving, when people from all over the world support their favorite charities by giving critical donations that will help fund their work all year long. This year, Giving Tuesday is November 27 and, as an added bonus, all donations made to The Humane League that day will be DOUBLED!
Today is a historic day for farm animals! Yesterday at the voting booth, Californians approved the strongest farm animal protection law in history, curtailing the extreme confinement of farm animals. Proposition 12 garnered 61% of the vote, and will ensure that mother pigs, baby cows, and egg-laying hens in California are no longer confined in tiny, cruel cages so small that they can barely move. California will now be cage-free for these animals after December 31, 2021. This measure also prohibits the sale of products from those confinement practices in the state of California.
Vivera Steak, sold at Tesco, with chips
Last month, Hurricane Florence hit Virginia and the Carolinas with devastating results. The deaths of at least 42 people have been attributed to the Category 2 storm. The clean up and rebuilding alone will cost billions of dollars. Adding to the devastation is the damage caused by the factory farms directly within the hurricane's path.
Much has been, and will be, said about the treatment of animals on factory farms. After all, billions of animals are still suffering great abuses in factory farms every day. Animals killed for food often face grueling realities, such as ammonia burns from living in their own toxic waste, debilitating injuries from being crushed under the weight of their own genetically mutated bodies, and limited access to basic needs like space and sunlight. The Humane League exists to end this abuse.
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Selena Rosario, an Early Childhood and Special Education major at the University of North Georgia, is one of The Humane League's passionate Campus Organizers. Through our Campus Outreach Program, Selena works with us to bring animal rights issues to her university. She helps other students get involved in our campaigns and is part of her school's vegan club.
Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of animal protection groups, has awarded 13 of its member organisations, who represent 14 different countries, with $405,000 in grant money. The coalition has made incredible progress with its mission to end cages across the world. In 2017, they secured global cage-free policies from huge companies like Campbell's, Nestle, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, and more. Because of their work, countries like Lithuania, Latvia, and Turkey saw their first ever corporate animal welfare policies. This is just the tip of the iceberg on what OWA has already accomplished, and this grant money will ensure that this kind of progress continues at an even faster rate.
Six months on from The Humane League UK launching its biggest campaign yet, Noble Foods has committed to go 100% cage-free by 2025.
Tess Hosman, an Environmental Studies major at Mount Holyoke College, is one of many extraordinary young changemakers who are part of The Humane League's Campus Outreach Program. Tess works as a THL Campus Organizer, in addition to being the co-president of her school's Animal Welfare Association, which advocates for the just treatment of animals and facilitates discussions about speciesism, as well as the intersectionality of human and non-human rights.
During Carl's Jr.'s grand opening at its brand new location in New York City, The Humane League launched a protest on site to inform potential customers about the restaurant's nationwide animal cruelty scandal.
We're living in a massively important cultural moment. The #MeToo movement has given victims of sexual assault and harassment a prominent stage, creating waves throughout every aspect of our society—and the animal rights movement is no exception. Existing as quiet murmurs for years, the conversation about discrimination and sexual harassment in the community has finally come to the forefront.
(New York City, NY - January 26, 2018) – A national campaign against CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr, has launched to urge the company to adopt higher welfare standards for the chickens in its supply chain. Animal activists and concerned customers will hold a protest in New York City on January 31 at the grand opening of Carl's Jr.'s first Manhattan location near Penn Station. Protesters will be demonstrating during lunch hours, handing out buttons and literature explaining why New Yorkers are rallying against Carl's Jr and holding a banner directing consumers to www.NewYorkersAgainstCarlsJr.com. Demonstrators will also participate in an evening protest with lighted protest signs that urge consumers to boycott Carl's Jr. The campaign is being led by The Humane League, an international farm animal protection nonprofit, and seeks to eliminate the practice of selectively breeding unnaturally fast-growing chicken, among other welfare policies, for the chickens in CKE's supply chain.
When it comes to animal welfare, the world is changing and the Open Wing Alliance (OWA) is driving that change. OWA is a global coalition of animal protection organizations established in 2016 by The Humane League. In just under two years, OWA has made a significant mark on animal welfare policies all across the world and they're not about to slow down.
On November 9th, The Humane League organized hundreds of people across the US to take part in demonstrations against Darden Restaurants, which includes brands such as Olive Garden, Capital Grille, and Longhorn Steakhouse. While many of its competitors have agreed to commit to welfare policies for the way their chickens are sourced, Darden still refuses.
The Humane League issued a call for action, and tens of thousands answered.
Today is a day to celebrate. One of the country's leading restaurant chains made a very important move that will greatly improve the lives of millions of farmed animals.
Just three months ago, virtually no U.S. food companies had welfare policies for chickens in the meat industry. Today, four of the five largest foodservice companies in the country have adopted meaningful commitments to eliminate the worst abuses suffered by chickens. This week, following campaigns by The Humane League, Centerplate and Delaware North, two of those largest foodservice providers, announced a series of progressive welfare policies to address the extreme abuses in its chicken supply chain by 2024. Together, these policies will impact hundreds of millions of animals.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced a new policy with timelines to eliminate cages from its global egg supply chain, impacting animals across the world. Following conversations with The Humane League and organizations within our global coalition, the Open Wing Alliance, IHG has committed to transition its hotels in the United States, Canada and Europe to source 100% cage-free eggs by 2022. Additionally, the company is pledging to source 100% cage-free eggs in its hotels globally by 2025.
Thanksgiving is a great time to share your favorite plant-based recipes with your family and friends! The Humane League has partnered with Lighter to bring you three fresh takes on traditional holiday dishes. These recipes will make the holidays extra special and satisfy your guests with their bold and delicious flavors. Whether you're veg already or simply looking for a more compassionate choice this Thanksgiving, The Humane League and Lighter have you covered.
Following a groundbreaking campaign by The Humane League, foodservice giant Aramark announced today that it will create meaningful change for chickens in its supply chain by 2024. Earlier today, Compass Group announced a similar commitment after noting the sustained public pressure on Aramark, its primary competitor. Thanks to your support, Aramark and Compass Group are the first major food corporations in history to announce progressive policies with a public timeline to address these extreme abuses.
One of the largest supermarkets on Earth, Lidl, has joined the global cage egg boycott, agreeing to completely end its sourcing of eggs from cage farms by 2025. The new policy affects not only Lidl's shell eggs, but also applies to all private label products that contain eggs. From cookies to mayonnaise to baked goods, nothing sold under the Lidl label will contain eggs from caged hens.
In recent months, The Humane League has widened the geographic focus of its cage-free campaigns to build on the success that we have had in the United States and Latin America. These new international campaigns have lead to some of the most monumental victories in the history of the cage-free movement -- and we're just getting started.
Over most of the last decade, The Humane League has waged a successful campaign for a national boycott of battery cage farms. Building off of the progress that our supporters and advocates have won, we are now turning our sights to the most numerous of all farmed land animals: chickens raised and slaughtered for meat. There are currently no major corporate or legislative policies that grant these suffering animals any meaningful protections. We aim to change that.
Signed into law on this day by President Lyndon B. Johnson a half century ago, the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was intended to regulate the transport, sale and handling of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, nonhuman primates, hamsters and rabbits intended for research and other purposes. Amended eight times since its passage, the Act has provided some protections for society's treatment of some animals and further codified an important value into American law: animals matter. However, there is one glaring omission that stands to this day: the vast majority of animals directly impacted by humans—the 99% suffering on factory farms—do not receive a single word of protection from the Act.
Local outreach is an important aspect of how The Humane League strives toward our mission of reducing animal suffering by inspiring change at all levels. We're excited to announce that we've recently launched offices in New York City and Chicago, the first and third largest cities in the U.S., and we have new leadership in two existing offices.
Sodexo has committed to source 100% cage-free eggs worldwide by 2025, marking a historic, global commitment that will impact animals around the world. The group's decision follows one-on-one conversations with The Humane League and our newly formed global coalition of animal protection organizations worldwide, Open Wing Alliance. The new policy will affect Sodexo's liquid eggs as well as the 250 million shell eggs it sources worldwide each year.
Over the past month, some of the world's largest retailers have produced timelines to source 100% cage-free eggs following conversations and campaigns from The Humane League. Two distinguished commitments were announced in the past week, each signifying that the practice of cruelly caging hens will soon be history in both the United States and abroad.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, The Humane League has partnered with Lighter to bring you three fresh takes on traditional cookout cuisine. We picked three of Lighter's most festive recipes that will surely be the standout dish at any 4th of July celebration! Whether you're in the mood for a burger, salad or pasta - The Humane League and Lighter have you covered.
Last week, United Egg Producers announced that it would commit to eliminate the live-shredding and grinding of baby male chicks by 2020 following conversations with The Humane League. The impact of ending chick culling in America — the second largest egg producing country in the world — is calculated to eradicate the suffering of approximately 260 million chicks and remove nearly 1 million hens from egg production each year.
Maximizing the impact of every dollar spent has been at the heart of The Humane League since our founding over ten years ago. A dogged focus on effectiveness and pragmatism defines who we are and how we function in our relentless work to reduce animal suffering.
Following exclusive conversations with The Humane League, United Egg Producers announced today that it will eliminate the culling of male chicks at egg laying hen hatcheries by 2020, replacing the practice with in-ovo egg sexing technology. United Egg Producers represents 95% of all eggs produced in the country, making today's statement historic in its firm stance against the slaughter of newborn male chicks, which is currently standard practice at nearly every egg hatchery in the country.
Do you want to help bring one of the most effective animal organizations in the world to your campus? Consider applying to be a Campus Organizer in our expanding Campus Outreach Program and join the best team advocating for the humane treatment of farmed animals!
Actress Daniella Monet has made a major impact for animals through inspiring videos and campaigns that encourage her enormous fanbase to choose compassion over cruelty. She consistently acts as a role model for the growing young adult crowd that finds itself increasingly concerned with farmed animal welfare, the same crowd that offers its support to each of our hard-hitting campaigns. The Humane League recently honored Monet's influence and accomplishments at a special Gala in Dallas by awarding her the 2016 Humane Hero Award.
On Cinco de Mayo, The Humane League is celebrating the big progress for animals in Mexico so far, including cage-free commitments from Grupo Bimbo and Burger King's parent company, Restaurant Brands International! Along with driving forward our cage-free campaign, we are also excited for our immediate plans to meet with several restaurants in the country to discuss introducing vegan options on their menus. As more and more people in Mexico are beginning to show interest in plant-based lifestyles, we are excited to share a vegan version of the classic dish Pozole!
This year has delivered some of The Humane League's greatest successes in history. In the past few months, we have enjoyed monumental campaign victories, reached countless college students nationwide through grassroots efforts, and impacted millions of Facebook users through our international ads.
After working with The Humane League, Southeastern Grocers has joined the massive wave of grocers committing to eliminating cages entirely from their egg supply chains within the next decade. The company has also set a new industry precedent by committing to source 100% of their private label eggs from cage-free farms by 2017, the most aggressive timeline in recent history from a major mainstream grocer.
Thanks to your support and to the progress our network of activists has fought for over the last decade, we celebrate a major announcement today: Walmart, the world's largest company, has committed to ending cage confinement for the 35 million hens in its supply chain.
Our work to banish the battery cage to the history books is continuing to see results. Only a week after Kroger committed to eliminate cages, ALDI, a leading grocery chain which operates nearly 1,500 US stores in 32 states, has followed suit by announcing its plan to source exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025. The new policy comes after an aggressive three-day campaign by The Humane League and its volunteers.
With over 9 billion land animals being raised and killed for food in the U.S. each year, addressing the mistreatment of farmed animals requires change at all levels. With The Humane League's Campaigns team relentlessly hard at work with major corporations to eliminate the cruel practice of caging hens for eggs and our Grassroots team tirelessly building thriving veg communities in cities across the country, THL's Campus Outreach program is empowering student activists and providing them with the tools they need to effectively engage and inspire others on their campuses to make compassionate food choices. Whether it's going vegetarian, vegan, or reducing meat consumption by going meat-free one day a week, everyone can do something instead of nothing to help the animals suffering in today's industrial animal agriculture system.
Following weeks of hard hitting and innovative campaigning led by The Humane League, Kroger, the country's largest grocer, has officially committed to sourcing exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025.
It is barely March and our campaign to eradicate battery cages throughout the retail industry is quickly gaining steam. We have already seen cage-free announcements from CVS, Target and Trader Joe's, received cage-free commitments from Giant and Stop & Shop, and worked with BJ's Wholesale Club to eliminate cages. Now, two more major supermarket corporations have joined the cage boycott: Albertsons and Delhaize.
The Open Philanthropy Project has announced that they will be granting The Humane League $1 million to support its campaigns for corporate cage-free egg reform. This grant will greatly accelerate our campaign to end the use of battery cages by expanding our campaigns staff and resources. We're excited to be partnering with the Open Philanthropy Project on this urgent work to reduce animal suffering.
Our work to abolish the battery cage is seeing groundbreaking results. Following dialogue with The Humane League, Ahold USA, the fourth largest supermarket in America, has just announced that it will sell only cage-free shell eggs in its over 700 stores by 2022. Ahold USA owns major brands such as Stop & Shop and Giant.
This week DineEquity (parent company of IHOP and Applebee's), Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and Golden Corral became the most recent American restaurant chains to join the industry-wide shift away from cage egg farms. These commitments follow previous announcements from their peers and competitors Denny's, Bob Evans, and Black Bear Diner.
In a partnership with The Humane League, BJ's Wholesale Club has become the first major American retailer (after Whole Foods Market) to announce a firm timeline to completely eliminate cages from its egg supply chain. The company has announced that it will transition its whole shell eggs to cage-free by 2022 and liquid eggs to cage-free by 2025.
After hearing from The Humane League and other animal protection organizations, Cara Operations Ltd.—the largest restaurant group in Canada—is the latest company to produce a firm timeline to end its support of abusive cage egg farms. Cara has announced that many of its brands will begin sourcing exclusively cage-free eggs as early as the end of 2016 and all Cara brands will source exclusively cage-free eggs by 2020.
We're kicking this month off with exciting news from our Mexico office: One of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the world has just updated its plans to eliminate cages from its egg supply chain!
Our campaigns department could not have began the New Year in a better way! Thanks to THL's dedicated supporters and volunteers, thirteen new companies from various corners of the food industry have joined the growing, global boycott of cages used in egg production.
You may have noticed on the previous blog post, we asked for people to sign a petition calling for ConAgra to stop the caging of hens in its supply chain. In just a few days, ConAgra followed up with The Humane League to inform our corporate outreach team that it is committed to eliminating cages throughout its entire US supply chain by 2025.
The Humane League's first major victories of 2016 are here! After meeting with our corporate outreach team and representatives from other animal protection groups, the family restaurant chain Denny's has announced a timeline for completely eliminating the use of cages from its egg supply chain. The chain, which began sourcing some of its eggs from cage-free sources in 2008, is now set to complete its transition by 2026 — a move that will impact over 1,544,000 hens.
Considering cutting back on animal products? Whether you're inspired to help animals, eat a bit healthier, or reduce your environmental footprint—or maybe you just want to see if you can do it—we're here to show you some fun and tasty vegan alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs! Read on for ten items you'll always find in our pantries.
After months of pressure from dedicated animal advocates, Costco, the nation's third largest retailer, has officially committed to working towards an exclusively cage-free supply chain.
Subway, the largest restaurant chain in the world, has released a public commitment to transition to using exclusively cage-free eggs throughout their North American operations. The Connecticut-based company currently has over 30,000 locations in the US and Canada who will be impacted by the announcement. Like McDonalds, the shift could take up to 2025 to take place.
If you're like us, you're wondering how it's late December already. Last we checked we were carving jack-o-lanterns and planning which of our favorite dishes we'd be bringing to our family's house for Thanksgiving. Now we're wrapping gifts and making sure we've got the perfect party outfit for the upcoming New Year celebration!
Eight years ago, I coordinated my first cage-free campaign with The Humane League. It resulted in a commitment from my local community college to stop supplying its on-campus cafeterias with eggs from caged hens. This commitment spared hundreds of hens each year from suffering in cages that were so small, each animal was denied most of their everyday inclinations.
After just three days of talks with The Humane League, Shake Shack has announced a commitment to completely end the caging of egg-laying hens in its supply chain. The move comes swiftly after Shake Shack heard the voices of countless compassionate advocates through social media and an online petition. While some items on Shake Shack's menu already include cage-free eggs, there are still a few items made with eggs from hens confined to cruel cages. To address the remaining menu items, Shake Shack will no longer support any farms that confine egg-laying hens to cages by the end of 2016.
There is a chain reaction taking place in the food industry. In 2015 alone, The Humane League has been a part of persuading over 40 major food companies—including some heavy hitting restaurants such as Starbucks, Panera Bread, Dunkin' Donuts, and The Cheesecake Factory as well as foodservice industry giants Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass—to phase out some of the most abusive farming practices in their supply chains. With each new commitment, the cruel practice of confining animals to cages for eggs more rapidly approaches eradication.
After months of dialogue with The Humane League and other animal protection groups, leading franchisor of quick service restaurants Dunkin' Brands has responded with a timeline for eliminating the cruel practice of restricting egg-laying hens to cages in its supply chains. By 2025, the company's more than 8,000 U.S. Dunkin' Donuts locations and more than 2,500 U.S. Baskin Robbins locations will no longer source eggs from hens forced to spend their shortened lives in cages. This change is expected to affect approximately 1.4 million animals in the US with Dunkin' Brands pledging to seek alternatives globally as well.
Royal Caribbean Ltd., one of the largest cruise ship companies in the world, has set a timeline for eliminating the cruel practice of restricting egg-laying hens to battery cages and mother pigs to gestation crates. By 2022, the company's three cruise lines—Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises—will no longer source food products for its 47 ships from hens and pigs forced to spend their shortened lives in inhumane cages and crates.
The Humane League opened our first internationally-based campaigns office in Mexico just eight months ago. Since then, I have been working with Aaron Ross, The Humane League's Director of Campaigns, to start dialogue with Mexican fast food chains, bakeries, and dining service companies about what they can do to help reduce animal suffering.
Since our founding in 2005, we've been on a data-driven, cost-effective mission to reduce animal suffering. Our vision: a world where all animals are treated with respect and compassion.
Did you hear the latest? Turkey Prices have gone up 6.4% and egg prices have risen 50% this year! We've got an idea that'll help you avoid an expensive Thanksgiving and more importantly, spare the lives of animals: Avoid all things animal-based this holiday and still enjoy an indulgent feast surrounded by family and friends!