Fast food chain Wendy's announced recently that it will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates for female pigs, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
reports. This announcement comes just months after McDonald's made a similar promise.
The restaurant chain has been working with the HSUS for some time on the issue of gestation crates, which are used to confine female pigs during their four-month pregnancies. In the pork industry, the use of these crates, which keep the animals crated night and day in a cage that is too small for them to turn around, is widespread and common.
"[Wendy's] believes that confining sows in gestation stalls is not sustainable over the long term, and moving away from this practice is the right thing to do," said Dennis Hecker, head of Wendy's animal welfare committee and senior vice president of quality assurance.
In addition to McDonald's and Wendy's, other major pork providers such as Smithfield and Hormel have pledged to end the use of gestation crates at their facilities by 2017. Cargill has already reduced their risk of these cruel crates by 50 percent to help animals
as they are bred for human consumption.