Burger King Makes a Bold Move for Animal Rights

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chickenHey everybody, Burger King is letting all the animals out of their cages!

We like to mock Burger King a little for its endless struggle to compete with McDonald's -- and now Wendy's, too. But here's one way they're stepping ahead of the fast food pack: They're the first to pledge they'll use only cage-free eggs and crate-free pork by 2017.

It's a brave move. Keeping those chickens and pigs in cages makes them cheap, cheap, cheap. But you know what? I think this change could make their food taste better.

I'm serious. My friends in the meat industry swear you can actually taste stress. And life in those cages? It's stressful. 

So great -- this is an important step forward. But it's just a first step. Cage-free (which a lot of people call free-range) is not the highest standard for chickens. Just because there aren't cages doesn't mean the chickens aren't still packed into the same space together, cheek to wattle. It also doesn't meant the egg suppliers will stop other cruel practices like clipping off beak ends.

It's great that we're moving away from keeping pregnant pigs in cramped crates. It's the least we can do -- literally. Another great step would be ditching the antibiotics for pigs who aren't sick.

But I'm hopeful. If a mega-chain like Burger King is willing to make a change like this, maybe others will follow. It's a brave new world for bacon and eggs. 

Do you think about animal cruelty when you make food choices?


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the4m... the4mutts


While I find it wrong to mistreat something, even if you're going to eat it, I also see no point in wasting it once its dead.

Sure, I buy local when I can. That's it really though. I mean, is anyone really going to try to figure out where every scrap of their food came from? What farm, in what city, what their practices are?

Realistically, I don't have time for that.

Tiffany Cake

:/ baah snickers stop making king size bar, but then kit-kat went ahead to make a king size bar just so they can take over and make easy cash since snicker is out of the way -__-

LKRachel LKRachel

Are they still using pink slime?

carole76 carole76

Good for them, every little bit helps

cocob... cocobeannns

It's a step in the right direction.

craft... craftycatVT

4mutts, what kind of rationale is that, "I see no point in wasting it once it's dead." That's not the point. No one is wasting anything. So if an animal is tortured while it's alive, it's Ok because by the time you get to it, it's ready to eat? Maybe you should make time to look into what you eat.

mbnic... mbnich0269

They need five years???

Torra... TorranceMom

It's a HUGE step in the right direction. Good for BK! I try to make ethical choices for my family whenever possible. I buy cruelty-free products and humanely raised/processed meats.

the4m... the4mutts

Craftycat- I think animal cruelty is wrong.

But I have to shop at certain stores because they are in my price range, and close to home.

I'm not going to spend hours online or on the phone calling foster farms and every other company my food comes from, asking how they treat their animals.

I can't pay 3$ a pound for meat with 6 people to feed, and if the 99cents a pound chicken is just as fresh, I don't care if they kicked it, or made it sit in a cage.

Its there, its affordable, and my family has to eat, just like everyone elses.

the4m... the4mutts

Its not our job as consumers, to make sure companies are doing the good thing. Its the job of the FDA and other organizations to set standards, and make sure producers adhere to the standards. They're not perfect standards, but its not my job to police a company and its practices, its my job to feed my family

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