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.