Animal welfare Burger King and Tim Hortons release first comprehensive chicken welfare policies

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, March 24, 2017
Photo: Tim Horton

Two of Canada's largest quick-service restaurant chains, Burger King and Tim Hortons, pledged to significantly improve the conditions of millions of chickens in their supply chains. These commitments are the first of their kind in Canada and set the stage for the country's poultry industry to move to better methods of housing and slaughter. This was reported by Canada Newswire.
Burger King and Tim Hortons (whose parent company is Restaurant Brands International) collaborated with international farmed animal protection organization Mercy For Animals on the new policies.

Burger King and Tim Hortons have all pledged to use only chicken that meets the welfare standards laid out by Global Animal Partnership (GAP), an international farmed animal welfare certification program. These standards will require chicken suppliers to breed only higher-welfare strains of chickens, reduce the stocking density of the birds, improve light levels and litter quality inside barns, and use controlled atmosphere stunning to render the birds unconscious before slaughter, dramatically improving slaughter methods and the birds' living conditions.
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