Remove Unethical Menu Options


Target: GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney

Goal: Remove shark fin soup and foie gras from online food delivery site’s menu

GrubHub is a popular online company used to find and order delivery food from restaurants. Currently, the site includes restaurants that serve shark fin soup and foie gras, two dishes that are controversial due to their association with cruel and abusive practices. Allowing customers to order these dishes supports businesses that profit from animal cruelty.

Shark fin soup is still legal in most of the U.S. and remains a popular dish despite the common opinion that shark fin has a bland and flavorless taste. Harvesting the fins requires a brutal method of cutting them off and then discarding the shark into the ocean. Often the shark is still conscious and unable to swim without its fin, leaving the shark to slowly die and sink to the bottom of the ocean. The large demand for shark fins kills around 100 million sharks annually.

Foie gras is prepared by force-feeding ducks or geese so that their livers become diseased and enlarged. Factory farms shove tubes down the bird’s throats, feeding them far more than they would normally eat. The birds’ livers swell up to 10 times their normal size, sometimes causing the birds to die when they rupture. Foie gras remains a delicacy and is found at some upscale restaurants.

Thankfully, increased awareness of the animal cruelty behind these dishes has led several states including Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and Ohio to ban the sale and possession of shark fins. Additionally, California banned the production and sale of foie gras. By signing the petition below, you will urge GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney to immediately remove shark fin soup and foie gras from its menu.


Dear GrubHub CEO Maloney,

Shark fin soup and foie gras do not deserve a spot on the GrubHub menu. The cruel method of shark finning used to provide fins for soup kills millions of sharks a year through a slow and painful process. Furthermore, foie gras uses a barbaric method of force-feeding ducks and geese by shoving tubes down their throats to enlarge their livers.

Both of these dishes are unethical and have no place on any menu, including GrubHub’s. Please use GrubHub’s popularity to support animal welfare and remove shark fin soup and foie gras from your menu.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sam Outhorn says:

    Creepy! Should not be touched with a 10 foot pole!

  2. Karen Remnant says:

    I hope anyone eating these dishes choke!

  3. I have had friends who eat these disgusting products and who alas died of liver/ pancreatic disease. These barbaric food habits are cruel beyond measure to the animals and are detrimental to human health too.

  4. I wonder what the countries that serve shark fin will do when there are no sharks left in none of the oceans on this planet. Sharks have existed here for millions of years until humans came along and wiped them out. I wonder what will happen to the health of the oceans when one of the top predators is gone. There is going to be a lot of dead animals like whales, seals and many more washing up on the beaches that sharks used to eat at sea sort of like natures garbage disposer.

  5. Eating the swollen liver of these ducks and geese would be the same thing as eating a cancer infected liver of a cow knowing it was infected. That’s how sick this is. This needs to be banned in every state.

  6. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    These practices are barbaric and SHOULD NOT be legal – ANYWHERE! This is animal cruelty at its finest…

  7. There’s nothinng wrong with the consumption of animals in general, but the way we obtain much of our animal products nowdays is horrendous and unhealthy for EVERYONE involved. These so called “delicacies” are an abomination, and should be purged from the food market. No animal deserves to suffer so terribly just because we want a “delicacy”.

    • Virtually ALL animal products are obtained through animal suffering. We don’t need to use animals as food, and needlessly harming animals is animal abuse: plain, ugly, and unjustifiable.

      All of the nutrients we need to thrive can be obtained more humanely, healthfully, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources. Don’t support animal abuse: Be vegan.

      • I don’t support animal abuse, and I am aware that the majority of meat comes from abuse, and that is why i carefully inspect what I buy, and don’t consume a great deal of meat or other animal products. I’ve heard so many claims that going vegan is a healthier and better lifestyle, so I did my own research and found that 90% of vegans are lacking in several vital nutrients, including, zinc, iron, B12, calcium, and many others. The way I see it, is no matter what you eat something somewhere will lose it’s life so that you might live. What about all the animals who lose their home so that we might grow our food? What of the field mice that get plowed over by tractors? It is impossible to live without causing some degree of harm, so we must be vigilant and keep the harm we cause to a minimum.

  8. Let’s get some standards — let’s reintroduce rationality along with compassion …. think how these beautiful animals suffer … not only do they painfully suffer, in the end, they lose their lives —

    they have every right to live — our planet needs them; we humans need them; our eco-system needs them …. LET’S COME TO THEIR RESCUE!

    We humans have many choices, a wide array of foods on our menu — LET THE SHARKS LIVE! LET THE DUCKS & GEESE LIVE!

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