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March 26, 2012

Wendy's Dumping Gestation Crates

Humane Society International Rescues 125 dogs in Quebec

On Friday, in yet another major victory for our efforts to eliminate gestation crates once and for all, the nation’s second-largest restaurant chain Wendy’s announced that it will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs. This news follows the announcement by McDonald’s, the nation’s largest restaurant chain, that it will require suppliers to deliver plans for eliminating gestation crates.

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It’s also on the heels of Compass Group―the largest food service company in the world, operating 10,000 dining facilities at schools, hospitals, corporate offices, and other venues in the United States―announcing it will eliminate gestation crates in its supply chain. And Bon Appétit Management Company, a food service provider that operates more than 400 cafés for corporations, universities and other venues, committed in February to be gestation crate-free.

The pork industry may not want to listen when consumers and animal welfare advocates say that it’s unacceptable to confine mother pigs in crates so small they can’t even turn around. But they’re going to have to listen to the largest pork buyers in the country, who are saying “no more!”  

And the message is sinking in. Pork Magazine ran an editorial just this month on the topic, telling pork producers: “Now, you can trot out arguments citing experience, logic, [and] scientific reasoning…but on the issue of gestation-sow stalls, at least, it’s increasingly apparent that you will lose the battle.”

P.S. Also on Friday, while we were drawing attention to the plight of harp seals being killed off the east coast of Newfoundland, Humane Society International-Canada helped the Quebec government remove and transport 125 neglected dogs from a commercial breeding operation. This facility south of Quebec City was failing to give the animals proper care, but the dogs and puppies are now safe and receiving veterinary treatment at our emergency shelter. Though the ongoing case means we can’t share the details of the distressing conditions these dogs were forced to live in, you can see how they’re doing in our latest video.

Thanks to the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food for seizing these animals and for giving them a chance at better lives. This rescue is another successful cooperation to crack down on the cruelty of puppy mills, after HSI helped the agency rescue and care for more than 500 dogs from a substandard commercial breeder last fall.

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