After first denying connection to the factory farm, Tyson Foods severed its relationship with Wyoming Premium Farms after an HSUS investigation documented appalling cruelty to pigs. A spokesman for the world’s second-largest meat producer publicly declared that the treatment of the animals was “deplorable.” Good for Tyson Foods. . . .
The HSUS and Burger King are jointly announcing that the world’s second-largest fast food burger chain will eliminate both battery cages and gestation crates from its U.S. supply chain. With this announcement explicitly disapproving the extreme confinement of farm animals, Burger King has set a new standard for animal care in the food retail sector.
Humane Society International Rescues 125 dogs in Quebec On Friday, in yet another major victory for our efforts to eliminate gestation crates once and for all, the nation’s second-largest restaurant chain Wendy’s announced that it will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to outline . . .
Bon Appetit, which runs more than 400 dining operations for corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues in 31 states, is announcing the rollout of the food service industry’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare policy to date.
Major pork company Smithfield committed to phase out gestation crates for pigs by 2017, but backpedaled on this timeline in 2009. This led to a serious HSUS campaign, including an undercover investigation at one of its factory farms. Read more on today’s positive news on this issue.
McDonald’s announced this week that it would begin buying 12 million cage-free eggs a year, meaning about 50,000 fewer hens will know the confines of a battery cage. In the last few years, California and Michigan have enacted important cage-free reforms; Washington and Oregon have pending ballot measures on the topic; and many major food purveyors have adopted policies to start switching to cage-free eggs.
Two recent books, and all of the other activity on farm animal issues, are markers of a national movement to re-examine where our food comes from, to assess the economic and non-economic costs of industrial animal agriculture, and imagine ways of doing better.
A few weeks ago, President-elect Barack Obama announced that former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack would be his selection for Agriculture Secretary, disappointing at least some of the interest groups focused on a food reform agenda for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and continuing his pattern . . .