March Against Cruelty kicks off week of actions targeting Darden

May 17, 2017

Today, in the final event of our week of actions targeting Darden in Orlando, a large group of activists and volunteers will bring their request for a chicken welfare policy to the company's doorstep, delivering more than 66,000 signatures of supporters of the petition. The petition drop will be followed by a protest at the Darden Restaurants headquarters to urge the multi-brand restaurant operator to produce a meaningful welfare policy for the chickens abused in its supply chain.

On Wednesday, The Humane League kicked off its week of actions with a March Against Cruelty in Orlando, featuring a protest crawl between Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Yard House. On the following day, a "Serving Up Cruelty" theatrical demonstration was held in Downtown Orlando. The performance featured a "meal" in the of Olive Garden's family dinners, but emphasized that instead of serving family-friendly fun, Olive Garden serves up cruelty, as the chickens in its supply chain are horrifically abused. The demonstration also included a truck that circled the area, playing a video educating consumers about the many issues that chickens face in factory farming.

This nationwide campaign asks Olive Garden and Darden's other restaurants to adopt a number of basic welfare policies (detailed in this guide) that would dramatically reduce the suffering of the chickens in its supply chain.

Each of the events this week have included activists, locals, and concerned customers representing the more than 66,000 people who signed this petition requesting Darden eliminate the extreme cruelties in its supply chain. The demonstrations are in coordination with campaign actions from The Humane League's hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide, who are contacting Darden's leadership via phone, email, or mail.

Darden owns several restaurant brands, including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. The proposed policy would affect all of Darden's 1,500 locations throughout the United States, including all chicken menu items at its many chains, which together serve approximately 300 million meals each year.