Another company has pledged to phase out sow gestation crates from its supply chain. The Galardi Group, the franchisor of Wienerschnitzel, the largest hot dog chain in the world, announced its commitment to phasing out gestation crates. By 2022, it will only purchase pork from suppliers who do not use gestation crates. The company operates 350 locations in California and about 12 other Western states, serving over 120 million hot dogs a year.
Gestation crates are a "three decade-old trend in the pork industry," as The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) puts it, into which sows are confined during their four-month pregnancy. Once the sows give birth they are impregnated again and put back into a gestation crate, and that cycle continues for the rest of their lives. Not a compassionate practice by any means.
"The move toward a gestation crate-free environment is consistent with Wienerschnitzel’s commitment to provide the highest-quality food, and we support the efforts of pork suppliers to ultimately eliminate the use of gestation crates," stated Alan Cline, director of purchasing and product development. "Moving forward, we will be requesting from our pork suppliers their plans to phase out the use of gestation crates from their supply chains by 2022."
Phasing out gestation crates is the new trend Since last December, other companies have committed to phasing out the gestation crates, including the fast food chains McDonald's, Burger King, CKE Restaurants (owner of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's), Sonic, Wendy's and Baja Fresh. Recently, Aramark, a large food service company, made a similar commitment. Other companies that made commitments include the following:
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