Fast-food chain applauds crate-free production
Fast-food chain Burger King has announced it will
begin purchasing pork that has been produced without the use of gestation
The new animal welfare standards are being applauded several animal welfare
groups throughout the USA.
In a statement, the
Florida-based company announced to:
â€¢ have started purchasing 10% of
its pork from producers that do not confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.
The volume of pork purchases coming from gestation crate-free producers will
double to 20% by the end of the year.
â€¢ have implemented a purchasing
preference for pork from producers who do not confine breeding sows in gestation
In addition, the burger giant also announced a preference for
cage-free eggs and a humane killing method for chickens used for
The Humane Society of the United
States applauded as an historic advance for the fast-food sector. The HSUS has
been talking with the fast-food giant for more than a year about improving its
farm animal standards.
Burger King is not the first company to phase
out gestation crates. Earlier this year, Smithfield and Maple Leaf announced to
be abandoning the use of gestation crates altogether over the next
Related news items:
â€¢ Maple Leaf cancels sow gestation crates (02 Feb 2007)
â€¢ Smithfield ends use of gestation crates (26 Jan
â€¢ Burger King
â€¢ Humane Society of the United States
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