Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban – Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban - Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco is one of the world’s largest food distributors.  Happily they’ve decided to join the other restaurants and organizations that have pledged to stop using pork from distributors who use gestation crates.

The Humane Society has applauded the move in a and included a statement from Sysco in their own:

Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals. We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

While no timeline has been established, Sysco has promised it would work with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates.  Sysco has joined the ranks of the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Safeway, and Hormel in disavowing the use of the crates.  Sysco earned $40 billion in sales last year and has 400,000 customers worldwide.

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Gestation crates are an unfortunate practice among pork producers.  They’re small cages that keep pigs basically immobile.  So small are they that pregnant sows are completely unable to move.  That’s a sad existence for any animal.  There’s been a movement of late for states to ban the practice (most recently my old home state of Rhode Island) and producers to phase out suppliers using them.Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods brand, has joined the ranks of several other major food companies, pledging to source its pork from suppliers that don’t use the cruel crates.  Their timeline isn’t exactly blistering but given the logistics of large supply chains we’d venture to say any improvement on this score is a good one.  Over the next 10 years the company will phase out suppliers and by 2022 they will be gestation crate-free.

“At Oscar Mayer, we believe quality meat begins with quality animal care. We are committed to finding better ways to keep animals healthy and in a safe environment while treating them with respect,” – Sydney Lindner, the Associate Director of Oscar Mayer Corporate Affairs in a press release.

The Humane Society, who has been very active working with major food companies to eliminate the crates, applauded the move.  Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society’s vice president of farm animal protection, believes that Oscar Meyer’s decision “sends a strong message to pork industry leaders who are resisting change.”

McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Hormel, Denny’s, Safeway, and Compass Foods are among manufacturers who’ve already made similar moves, pledging to phase out suppliers who maintain the practice in similar time frames.  Kraft is the second largest food supplier in the world, so the move is not insignificant.