Target: Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks
Goal: Applaud Starbucks for implementing one of the best animal welfare policies of any national chain
Starbucks has implemented a comprehensive new animal rights policy for its suppliers. The plan, which The Humane Society has called the most expansive animal welfare plan of any national chain, will phase out keeping pigs in gestation crates and chickens in battery cages. According to a statement, the coffee giant will move to process its poultry through more humane systems and advocate against artificial growth hormones for livestock.
The chain uses millions of eggs annually in its breakfast sandwiches, cookies, and pastries. Currently, most of these eggs come from factory farms where chickens are kept in cages with less than one square foot of space per bird. These chickens spend most of their lives unable to move in these filthy cages, enduring the poor air quality and rampant disease that comes with stuffing thousands of waste-producing animals into a rarely cleaned space.
Egg-laying hens live for two years, having their diets and light schedules artificially altered in order to maximize egg production. The fast rate at which they lay eggs can cause a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium. When the hens are no longer producing eggs at an economically viable rate, they are slaughtered. At the time of slaughter, around 30 percent of the chickens have broken bones, and their bodies are in such poor shape that they are often used to make dog or cat food.
Starbucks’ policy changes will directly improve the lives of millions of animals across the country, and could even help persuade other national chains to do the same. Sign the petition below to thank Starbucks for taking a stand against cruel farming methods such as battery cages, gestation crates, and artificial growth hormones.
Dear Mr. Howard Schultz,
Starbucks has recently announced a groundbreaking plan to stop the use of battery cages and gestation crates by its suppliers, as well as process poultry more humanely. The plan also aims to discourage the use of artificial growth hormones in livestock.
This plan will improve the lives of millions of animals kept in dirty, cramped factory farms and could even set a positive example for other major chains to follow. We, the undersigned, commend your support of more humane farming standards.
[Your Name Here]
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