Animal Welfare Programs and Responsible Treatment - Wendy's
Our Policy & Practice
At Wendy’s, we take our role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously and this includes the humane treatment of animals. We believe it is our responsibility to expect all of our suppliers to exceed government regulations by meeting Wendy’s more exacting standards pertaining to the humane treatment of animals.
Wendy’s believes that the key elements to humane treatment of animals are supplier education, employee awareness, commitment by senior management and our own, ongoing verification of supplier practices. Studies have shown that humane animal handling methods not only prevent needless suffering, but can result in a better and safer working environment for workers in the farm and livestock industries.
Wendy's Antibiotic Use Policy
Antibiotic Policy & Guidelines
Wendy’s has a long-standing commitment to animal welfare. We believe that responsible animal care guided by a veterinarian is essential to producing high quality, safe food, while also enhancing consumers’ trust and confidence in the food we all share. We also believe that sick animals deserve to be treated and that antibiotics should only be used to treat illness.
We encourage you to read our policy and guidelines in full.
Wendy's Animal Welfare Audits
Animal Welfare Audits
In the mid 1990s, Wendy’s began routinely auditing supplier animal handling practices. As part of this effort, we hired outside experts to review supplier performance and recommend improvements.
In 1998, we strengthened our existing program by adopting the comprehensive American Meat Institute animal welfare guidelines for beef and pork. These guidelines were developed by Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, a noted expert in the field of animal behavior, who is a consultant to Wendy’s.
In 2001, Wendy’s established an Animal Welfare Council to regularly review and strengthen the Company’s animal welfare standards. This council consists of senior and mid-level executives representing key areas of our business. This group reviews Wendy’s corporate policies and the performance of our suppliers to achieve full compliance with our stringent standards.
Wendy's Animal Welfare Priorities and Initiatives
Wendy's Priorities & Ongoing Initiatives
Proper Animal Handling: We believe that handling animals in a humane manner, and preventing neglect or abuse, is the right thing to do.
Food Safety and Quality: At Wendy’s "Quality is Our Recipe®." Our first priority has always been the safety and quality of our products. We know that handling animals properly helps keep the high integrity of our food.
Continuous Improvement: To remain an industry leader in the area of animal welfare, we actively work with our suppliers to research, evaluate and implement advances in the science of animal handling and care.
The Square Deal Blog - Animal Welfare
So what’s “humane” when it comes to the treatment of animals that we rely on to provide our food? Click below to read the blog we wrote on the topic.
One of Wendy’s chicken suppliers, O.K. Foods in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, has installed an innovative system that significantly improves the welfare of chickens. Called LAPS (low atmospheric pressure system), it produces permanent unconsciousness in the bird before any handling by plant workers. It also replaces the industry standard practice of electrical stunning of chickens.
Wendy’s has studied the LAPS system and agrees that it’s a major improvement to industry practices. Wendy’s is the first quick-service restaurant chain to embrace the LAPS system, and we encourage all chicken producers to embrace this practice.
Since 2007, Wendy’s has given preferential buying to those suppliers who adopt an ongoing plan to phase out single sow gestation stalls. As a result, an increasing portion of our pork supply has come from hogs not raised in gestation stalls.
In 2013, Wendy’s met on multiple occasions with pork industry representatives and outside experts to continue work towards our stated goal of sourcing only from gestation stall-free pork suppliers. As a part of this commitment, we now require every raw material and finished product supplier to submit quarterly progress reports that reflect the percentage of stall-free pork supplied to Wendy’s.
Additionally, as a result of recent announcements by two suppliers who currently make up the majority of our raw materials (pork) business, we are confident we will continue to make progress towards our goal of eliminating the use of sow gestation stalls in our supply chain by the end of 2022. We maintain our commitment of achieving gestation stall-free sourcing, and welcome the ongoing and expanded cooperation from our suppliers.