Burger King said it will seek to buy 2% of its eggs from farmers who do not keep birds in wire battery cages, and purchase 10 % of its pork from farms that allow sows to move around freely instead of confining them.
“We’re going to expand our purchases of the cage-free eggs and pork as the supply increases and pricing becomes competitive,” said Steve Grover, a Burger King vice president of food safety.
Burger King, renowned for its “whopper” burgers, said it would also encourage poultry suppliers to start using “controlled-atmosphere stunning” or gas as opposed to electric shocks to render birds unconscious before they are slaughtered and processed. The Humane Society of the
“Burger King is signalling to agribusiness that the most inhumane factory farming practices are on the way out,” said Wayne Pacelle, the president of the US Humane Society.
Animal welfare groups, including PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and The Humane Society of the
Since 2000, PETA has been using high-profile campaigns and negotiating behind the scenes to influence the fast-food and grocery industries. Burger King’s recent announcement marks the latest chapter in these efforts.