PETA wants Costco to practise less cruel slaughter
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is
currently urging Costco Wholesale Corp. to adopt a poultry slaughter method
which the animal activists believe is less cruel than the method they say the
company currently uses.
PETA wants Costco to adopt a method called "controlled-atmosphere killing
", which PETA
says is a less cruel method whereby the oxygen that
turkeys and chickens breath in is replaced with inert, non-poisonous gases,
killing the birds quickly and painlessly.
Earlier in 2007, it was announced that Burger King would give purchasing
preference to suppliers that use the CAK slaughter method. PETA, as part of its
campaign to urge others to follow suit, has become a shareholder in almost 40
companies, including Wal-Mart Stores, Safeway and Supervalu.
PETA currently owns 65 shares in Costco, a wholesale club retailer with 512
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