You may still be melting from the extremely adorable pig videos I blogged about on Friday (I know I am!), and this next bit of news goes along quite nicely with that if you’re a fan of pigs, chickens, and not treating animals like crap. When we won our “Murder King” campaign against Burger King in 2001, one of the stipulations was that Burger King would continue to work with PETA on its animal welfare policies. As of today, the company will be requiring 2 percent of its eggs to come from hens who are not confined to battery cages, buying 10 percent of its pork from farms that don’t use gestation crates, and rewarding suppliers that use “controlled atmosphere killing” (the least cruel form of poultry slaughter available) instead of killing chickens by slitting their throats and dragging them through scalding tanks. This is a very exciting victory for farmed animals!
KFC…are you paying attention?
After watching all those pig videos, it’s hard to believe that some people still confine pregnant pigs to stalls for their entire adult lives. That’s why it’s amazing that Burger King has taken this huge step of purchasing pig meat from suppliers that don’t use gestation crates. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “but the animals are still being killed!” This is true, but we have to take things one step at a time, and we know that the entire world isn’t going to go vegetarian overnight, so if we can make changes that allow factory-farmed animals to be treated better, we know we’re headed in the right direction.
Yay for animals!