3 times signing petitions meant the world to animals

05/10/2020

Petitions can be a powerful tool to move companies and governments to improve the lives of animals.

As an animal lover, you’re probably asked to sign petitions every day, in the hopes of making a difference. 

Here’s a look at just three of the petitions that have changed the lives of animals for the better.  

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. 

African Grey Parrots in Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Uganda.

When KFC listened to your demands to give their chickens better lives 

Thanks to your help and more than 500,000 people around the world, we moved major fast-food chain KFC in seven European countries and Nando's in the UK to join the Better Chicken Commitment. This will 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.

Chickens interacting with sweet corn in a barn on a certified chicken farm in Somerset

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.

A rescued elephant at Following Giants, roaming in the foliage. The ocean is visible in the background.

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. 

Sign the petition and share it with our friends and family: together, we can make this our next success.