Oxford Languages defines “slacktivism” as “the practice of supporting a political or social cause by means such as social media or online petitions, characterized as involving very little effort or commitment.” And we’ve got great news: Studies have shown that slacktivism actually works!
Tackling the vast issues involved in factory farming can seem daunting, but you don’t need to be a seasoned activist—or have a ton of free time—to make a difference. Here are five petitions to help animals that will take only a few minutes to sign but could have a major impact on the lives of animals and the future of our planet.
Urge grocery chain ALDI to do better for chickens.
Overcrowded, dark, and filthy sheds; open wounds; twisted necks and exposed organs; and live chickens in piles of rotting birds—this is what our investigation uncovered at a contract farm for one of ALDI’s suppliers.
Mercy For Animals’ first U.S. retailer report ranks companies according to their efforts to address the most pressing welfare issues associated with chickens raised for meat. In particular, it highlights how large retailers like ALDI have failed to meaningfully reduce chicken suffering.
Over 200 companies have adopted the Better Chicken Commitment, a set of standards to ban some of the cruelest practices from their chicken supply chains. But ALDI is dragging its feet. Urge ALDI to adopt meaningful policies to address the worst abuses permitted in its chicken supply chain.
Call on the USDA to protect animals during transport.
Headed to the slaughterhouse in crowded trailers or stacked crates, animals suffer long, grueling journeys on transport trucks with no food or water in all weather extremes. In the winter, many die of hypothermia, and some even freeze to the floors or sides of trailers. Summertime is no better, with temperatures inside trucks often rising to well over 100°F. Animals can suffer from heat stress, asphyxiation, and heart attacks.
In addition to weather-related trauma, animals often suffer agonizing deaths from dehydration, suffocation, and severe injuries due to overcrowding.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Transportation have the authority to draft better transport regulations for and enforce laws related to animal transport. Sign the petition asking these agencies to modernize U.S. animal transport laws by providing species-appropriate space, rest time, food, water, and protection from extreme temperatures.
Halt plans to build a cruel octopus farm.
Jennifer Mather, PhD, an expert on octopus and squid behavior at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, says that octopuses “can anticipate a painful, difficult, stressful situation—they can remember it.” She asserts: “There is absolutely no doubt that they feel pain.”
Because octopuses have feelings just like any other animal—and because of serious environmental concerns—a coalition of organizations is calling on the Canary Island government to halt plans for constructing an octopus farm.
Help U.S. military service members get access to plant-based MREs (meals ready-to-eat).
When service members are in combat or other demanding situations where cooking facilities are unavailable, the U.S. military provides individually packaged MREs (meals ready-to-eat). Although MREs are an important resource for service members, and a poll shows that service members want plant-based options, plant-based MREs aren’t available in any military branch. The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act can address this.
Ask restaurant chains to add more vegan options.
It’s no secret that companies care about their bottom line and making a profit. That’s why as a potential customer, you’re a VIP to restaurant executives! It’s more important than ever that we let restaurant chains know of the demand for more plant-based foods.
Fill out this form with a polite message, and the message will immediately be sent to the inboxes of 12 restaurant chains—including Sbarro, Jersey Mike’s, and Wingstop—letting them know that you’d love more plant-based menu items.
Bonus action: Share this post!
You’ve made it through all the petitions to help animals! How easy was that? You can make even more of an impact when you share this post with your friends so they can sign the petitions too! Together, we have the power to create a kinder world for all, starting with constructing a more compassionate food system.