Animal Welfare Groups Praise Subway


MILFORD, Conn. — Subway’s animal-welfare initiatives are being applauded.

“We’re glad to see it joining the list of major food companies working with their pork suppliers to end the confinement of pigs in gestation crates,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, in a blog post about the sandwich chain’s animal-welfare initiative.

In 2007, Subway announced its plans to eliminate gestation crates from its pork suppliers. In the U.K., the process has been completed, and the company is working on eliminating gestation crates at its U.S. operations within 10 years. Subway is also working towards using free-range eggs as well as conducting random inspections [of] its meat suppliers, to ensure they meet animal-welfare and handling guidelines.

“While animal welfare is not our business, we recognize its effects and change what we can throughout our lifetime,” Elizabeth Stewart, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Subway told the New Haven Register.

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