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 (CAK)“, 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 stores worldwide.