Burger King to use ‘cage-free’ eggs and pork in US

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 26th April 2012

Major fast food chain, Burger King, has announced that it will eliminate the practices of confining breeding pigs in gestation crates and egg-laying hens in battery cages from its U.S. supply chain.

According to its new policy, Burger King will transition to 100 per cent cage-free eggs for all U.S. locations within five years. It will also only purchase pork from suppliers that have documented plans to end their use of gestation crates for breeding pigs.

Gestation crates are metal enclosures used in intensive pig farming, in which a female breeding pig (sow) may be confined during pregnancy, and in effect for most of her adult life.

Burger King’s chief brand and operations officer, Jonathan Fitzpatrick said, “We are proud to announce these new commitments that support meaningful standards of humane treatment in our U.S. supply chain.”

The move has been supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), whose president Wayne Pacelle said in a statement, “These changes by Burger King will improve life for countless farm animals and encourage other companies to abide by animal welfare principles up and down their supply chain.”

In February 2012, McDonald’s Corporation announced that it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to outline their plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls.