Petitions are a powerful tool to move stakeholders to improve the lives of animals.
As an animal lover, you probably find yourself signing petitions every day, in the hopes of making a difference. It's an uphill battle, but your petition signatures have helped us achieve amazing things for animals in the past few years alone.
Here's a quick look back at our recent successes in 2018 and 2019 - all possible thanks to your continuing support.
When you made Turkish Airlines agree to find solutions to stop the smuggling African grey parrots
Last year, our investigations revealed that smuggled African grey parrots were being transported on Turkish Airlines flights for the illegal exotic pet trade. The animals had their flight feathers chopped off and were crammed into small, dirty containers. Parrots trafficked like this often die before arrival.
Following over 180,000 petition signatures, Turkish Cargo (a Turkish Airlines subsidiary) agreed to ban global shipments of African grey parrots, whilst they collaborate with us to prevent the illegal smuggling of African grey parrots out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where most of the animals were transported from.
When you held supermarket chains accountable for ocean plastic
Ghost gear (lost or discarded fishing nets) injures and kills hundreds of thousands of marine mammals every year. It's by far the deadliest kind of marine debris, and it's a byproduct of the fish on our supermarket shelves. Thanks to your support of our Sea Change campaign and 85,000+ petition signatures, Tesco, M&S, Morrisons, Co-op, Waitrose, and Lidl all agreed to protect animals in our oceans by joining the GGGI (Global Ghost Gear Initiative). By joining this alliance, supermarkets agreed to take measures to reduce the volume of fishing gear entering the oceans, recycling and removing existing ghost gear, and support marine mammal rescue initiatives.
When fast-food restaurants listened to your demands to give their chickens better lives
Our Change For Chickens campaign aims to improve the lives of farmed chickens around the world. Too often, these animals are put through short and painful lives for the sake of profit - we believe every animal deserves a life worth living.
Thanks to your help, we moved major fast-food chains KFC UK&I and Nando's to join the Better Chicken Commitment - an agreement to improve the lives of their farmed chickens by giving them more space, more light, and stopping breeding fast-growing chickens, which suffer from painful deformities. Their progress will be audited every year, and we will continue working with them to help them give their chickens better lives.
When you moved Tripadvisor to stop promoting cruel wildlife attractions
Back in 2016, over half a million people signed our petition calling for the world's largest travel site to stop selling tickets to some of the cruellest wildlife activities, where tourists are allowed direct contact with captive wild animals or endangered species. This means activities such as tiger selfies, petting of lion cubs and riding elephants. In 2019, they extended this to all captive dolphin and whale venues
When you moved the UK government to recognise animal sentience in law
In October 2019, over 100,000 supporters signed our petition calling for the government to recognise animals as sentient beings who can feel pain and emotion.
This lead to a debate being held in Parliament on animal sentience where the Government and MPs across all political parties committed to enacting enhanced legal protection for animals.
Will you help us once more?
The global wildlife trade causes suffering for animals around the world - whether they are exploited for tourists entertainment, kept as pets, or killed for the use in Traditional Medicine. It's time to put an end to this cruelty.
We are asking that Boris Johnson leads the G20 meeting of world leaders to enact a ban on the trade of wild animals and their parts.
Sign the petition and share it with our friends and family: together, we can make this our next success.