It seems that every week another company announces that it’s working to get gestation crates out of its supply chain. This week is no different. Today Denny’s, the family diner that’s always open – and known for its ham and bacon-heavy breakfasts announced that it is working with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates within its supply chain.
With announcements like this coming out regularly—first Compass Group, followed by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Safeway last week, it might seem like everyone’s getting on board. That’s a good thing when you consider the extent of suffering the some 6 million U.S. breeding pigs endure when confined in crates so small they can’t even turn around.
It’s a common sense move that’s good for animals and as industry publications are reporting, it’s a viable move for agribusiness as well. A recent article in Feedstuffs was titled, “Group sow housing can work.” Where there’s a will there’s a way and responsible businesses are proving that if they’re really concerned about doing the right thing, they’ll find a way. Congrats to Denny’s for being in that camp.