From Monterrey, Mexico, to São Paulo, Brazil, Mercy For Animals supporters were out in full force in October. Hundreds joined us for a community-building 5K run. Several public demonstrations illustrated how much hens suffer at factory farms.
Grupo Pão de Açúcar refuses to change how the company and its suppliers treat hens. To keep the pressure on, dozens of Mercy For Animals supporters participated in a massive two-day action at a busy square in São Paulo to draw attention to the suffering of hens in the egg industry.
Passersby were able to go into a video screening area to see investigation footage.
Together, we are changing the world for animals.
Ready, set, run. More than 700 people participated in Mercy For Animals’ first annual Run for the Animals. The inaugural event took place in São Paulo. All finishers received a piglet-shaped medal. The run helped build community and engagement with our supporters.
Bye-bye, foie gras. The New York City Council passed into law a citywide ban on the sale of products from birds who have been force-fed, essentially banning foie gras in the city. With Voters for Animal Rights leading the charge, several organizations, including Mercy For Animals, worked together to make this happen.
Two of the three U.S. foie gras facilities are in New York, and about 1,000 restaurants in the Big Apple have foie gras on their menus.
In Mexico, our team set up a human-sized cage on World Egg Day in a busy square in Monterrey. Many passersby entered the cage and watched a video about the suffering egg-laying hens endure in such cramped conditions.
Healthcare Services Group, the sixth-largest foodservice provider in the United States, adopted a chicken welfare policy after extensive dialogue with Mercy For Animals and a partner organization.
Firkin Group of Pubs and Hero Certified Burgers, chains with locations in Canada and the United States, also pledged to implement guidelines to reduce suffering for chickens.
The city of Brasilia hosted the largest veg fest in the country, and Mercy For Animals staff and volunteers inspired attendees with our mission and engaged new supporters. Mercy For Animals’ managing director in Brazil, Sandra Lopes, spoke at the event along with drone investigations manager Mark Devries and development manager Carol Destro.
Mercy For Animals staff attorney Fabiola Balmori presented at Mexico’s first Forum for Animal Rights. Her talk focused on the importance of legislation to drive change for farmed animals.
The lower the demand for meat, dairy, and eggs, the fewer animals will be born into misery at factory farms. Mercy For Animals works to decrease demand by partnering with major institutions in Mexico and Brazil, such as schools and local governments, to reduce meat, dairy, and eggs served by at least 20 percent.
We believe that the world’s mightiest institutions will heed the call to reform when it comes from powerful and interconnected communities. That’s why our supporters are so important. And in October, Mercy For Animals activists hosted 64 actions!
Through investigations and public engagement, Mercy For Animals opens eyes and hearts to the suffering farmed animals endure. Our videos, websites, and print resources empower people to join our mighty movement.