In the latest salvo against confining mother pigs in tiny cages, Wendy’s announced today that it is working with its suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates in its supply chain. Wendy’s move away from pork produced by confining pigs in crates so small they can’t even turn around follows that of McDonald’s last month and food service provider Compass Group North America earlier this month.
In its statement on Wendy’s announcement, Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States’ president and CEO, stated, “Wendy’s commitment to eliminate gestation crates provides further evidence that we are on the pathway toward ending this inhumane practice once and for all.”
Wendy’s also announced it is starting to source chicken from suppliers using a new poultry slaughter system called low atmosphere pressure stunning, which would render chickens unconscious before being handled by workers and would replace the notoriously cruel electrical water-bath stunning.
It’s good news to see that many food companies are making progress in improving the welfare of animals in their supply chains. Still, there are many that are lagging behind in spite of consumer sentiment, sound science, and the competitive landscape. One such example is Domino’s Pizza, which has failed to take a position to move ingredients produced in some of the cruelest fashions out of its supply chain. You can sign a letter to Domino’s CEO via this online petition to ask Domino’s to stop using pork from gestation crate systems.