Oh my chickens! You did it! McDonald's has heard your call for an end to battery cage cruelty and has announced a phase out of cage eggs from all of of their 900 Australian stores.
As the fast food industry's biggest egg user, this is GREAT news for hens. And a big win for people power! Here's how you did it ...
Here's how you beat Macca's:
After years of talks with McDonald's getting nowhere, Animals Australia recruited the help of the public (that's you) to help speak up for hens. This is what happened:
For 87 DAYS STRAIGHT, the most common theme on the McDonald's Facebook wall has been concern for hens and encouragement for the fast food giant to free them from cages.
SECRET WEAPON (ie. cute kids)
Then we told a bunch of kids that McDonald's were using cage eggs and what happened next melted hearts.
This very adorable and very srs video was reported in national media and quickly went viral. So many of our supporters were touched by the messages from these kids that they chipped in to get it on national TV for 2 whole weeks! :)
As plans to deploy our not so secret weapon on to the telly drew closer, Channel TEN's The Project aired a story about consumers moving away from cage eggs, and the growing pressure on McDonald's to do the same ...
That night, McDonald's announced that it would begin the process of phasing out cage eggs!
McDonald's commitment shows without a doubt the impact that people can have when they speak up for animals. This news will make a HUGE difference for hens but there is still lots to be done to free all animals from cruelty! Here's four things you can do today to bring us closer to a world without animal cruelty:
So Silly September is something I just made up right now because I don't know about you but I reckon I've had more wtf moments than usual in the last few days over stoopid ideas people have had involving animals. So I've decided to give a Silly September award to my top 3 picks for dumb things that happened (or didn't happen) to animals this month.
Drum roll please ...
AFL team Brisbane Lions thought they'd try and drum up some interest in their bottom-of-the-ladder football team by bringing a real life lion to their games.
What happened: Aussies everywhere said NUUUPP! Because that's stupid. And the idea got scrapped. #PeoplePower!
My advice: If you want more footy supporters, play better footy.
Buy 10 pizzas – get a free living, breathing 5-7 year commitment! Um, Pizza Hut ... what were you thinking?
What happened: Pizza Hut's customers cottoned on pretty darn quick that this was just plain stupid and flooded Pizza Hut's Facebook and Twitter pages with complaints. Pizza Hut Australia soon released a statement saying they'd never approved this 'promotion' and that the matter was "being seriously dealt with". (Uh oh. Someone's in trouble.)
Thankfully, not a single animal was given away before the stupidity was shut down.
My advice: If you want to sell more pizza, make better pizza.
This one I just can't even. It's so dumb. There are reports that the Commercial Hotel in Redbank (QLD) not only held pig races to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation on the weekend, but they also gave away one of the piglets as a raffle prize :(
What happened:Animal Liberation Queensland caught wind of this and is encouraging sensible, caring people like you to speak up! (After all, it's people speaking up that got stupid ideas 2 and 3 shut down.)
I find it hard to believe that the Leukaemia Foundation would want to be associated with anything so unethical so you might like to drop them a line and ask them to ensure no live animals are raffled off to raise money for their cause in future. You could also post your concern to the Commercial Hotel's Facebook page. People is power and simply speaking up can make all the difference!
My advice: Good raffle prizes = wine, fruit and movie tickets. BAD raffle prizes = frightened baby animals :(
There's proof that when dumb ideas meet common sense, common sense can win! Let's hope these awards serve as a lesson to others to not do dumb things -- and to always speak out if you see dumb things happen!
Have you got another nomination for a Silly September award? Or a people power success story? Put it in the comments below. And thanks for every time you've been a voice for animals.
Today is a great day for sharks as the Western Australian Government's plan to catch and kill sharks has been knocked back! That means no animals will suffer on cruel drum-line hooks off WA's coast!
And the best part is that it was caring people just like you speaking up for sharks that helped make this win for sharks possible!
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said that there was too much uncertainty about how the killing program would impact on the south-western population of great white shark and so they were against it. They also said that they'd heard the voices of THOUSANDS of concerned people speaking up for sharks and opposing the drum lines.
Yay for people power! Thanks to the EPA's decision and people standing up for these amazing animals, there will be no more cruel drum-lines in WA waters this summer :)
If you spoke out against the WA's shark cull plans, then thank you!
Unfortunately sharks are not safe from cruelty altogether. To help protect sharks today sign the pledge to never buy shark fin soup and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Hens can naturally live up to 10 years, but in this industry they are no longer valued the minute they can't make a profit. So from as young as 18 months, when their egg production slows down, hens are packed into crates and trucked to slaughter.
Over the last 50 years, most egg production has moved from small family farming into factory operations, run by huge companies. Animals are crammed into smaller and smaller spaces, so that fewer staff are needed to keep an eye on the animals. For hens this means a lifetime of misery. For rural towns this means less jobs and profits funnelled into large corporations rather than farming communities.
Male chicks can't produce eggs, so they have no value to the egg industry. On their first day of life at hatcheries, they are dropped into grinders or gassed to death. Sadly, this happens across the whole egg industry.
At every meal, you have the chance to make life-changing choices for hens. By refusing to buy cage eggs you can help free hens from cages. You can even join the growing number of people discovering delicious egg-free alternatives, and know that you'll be saving the lives of hens and chicks at every meal.
Did you know that humans aren't the only ones who adopt? Animals do too. And what's more, sometimes they look after babies that aren't even the same species as they are :) Here's 5 of my personal favourite interspecies adoption stories:
Shortly after giving birth to three of her own kittens, Della cuddled up to three orphaned ducklings like they were her own :) (Can you see the little kittens curled up under the fluffy ducklings? So cute!)
A bottlenose dolphin born with a spinal deformity was seen nuzzling against a family of large sperm whales in the North Atlantic. Researchers were surprised to see that the young dolphin seemed to have been accepted into the pod.
Now this one is really bizarre -- a lioness in Kenya, named Kamunyak, took in a baby oryx and protected her from other predators for as long as she could. Experts were dumbfounded as to why Kamunyak had decided to adopt the calf but said she treated the baby as if she were her own cub.
This is my colleague Lisa and her rescue dog Nellie. Lisa adopted this special munchkin a little over a year ago. Nellie lived the first five years of her life in a puppy factory, kept purely to breed pups :( But don't worry, she's catching up on her love quota from Lisa and all of us here in the office :) (I even helped her make her own Instagram page so she can share her adventure stories.)
Have you got an amazing animal adoption story of your own? Do you know of a guinea pig who adopted a bear cub? (That's something I'd like to see!)
Maybe you've been a hero and adopted an animal from a shelter yourself? Giving an animal in need a loving home is one of the kindest things you can do.
Share your animal adoption story in the comments below. Can't wait to hear it :)
Is anyone else feeling a little broken by all the tragic world affairs of late? I know I'm prone to getting a bit down and out about the stuff human beings can be capable of ...
So this is for you and me -- a reminder that kindness exists everywhere and is happening every day ...
Bring on the happy tears!
Feel good? Good :) But there's one more person who should've been in that video -- you! Every day, people like you are making the world a kinder place. Did you choose a meat-free meal today? Or cuddle your rescued companion animal? Or help spread the word about kindness to animals? If so, you are one of the everyday heroes making a world of difference. So here's a big high five from me to you.
P.S. Got another good rescue story? Share it in the comments below.
We’re supposed to let you know that the ideas expressed here are the views of the individual authors, and may not necessarily reflect the views of Animals Australia or Animals Australia Unleashed. So now you know.