Trying to stay true to their sustainability goals and higher welfare standards initiatives, fast food company Wendy's International Inc., made news last week when they required its pork suppliers to submit quarterly progress reports detailing their efforts to phase out controversial gestation crates.
Dozens of food companies, including Wendy's, have said they would eliminate questionable suppliers from their supply chains in an effort to be more transparent and sustainable. In an update on its website, Wendy's said it hopes to end the use of gestation crates in its supply chain by the end of 2022.
"As a part of this commitment, we now require every raw material and finished product supplier to submit quarterly progress reports that reflect the percentage of stall-free pork supplied to Wendy’s," the company said.
On Monday, the Humane Society of the United States praised the fast food company's latest requirement.
"We appreciate that Wendy's and other food companies are walking the walk when it comes to their commitments to eliminate a cruel system that's simply out of step with how people think animals ought to be treated," said Josh Balk, the Humane Society's director of food policy. "There's clearly no future for gestation crates in pork production."
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