WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States is putting pressure on the Oakville, Ont-based Tim Hortons to provide better treatment to the pigs it uses for its American pork supply.
The Society has submitted a proposal asking the Canadian-based chain to tell shareholders what it would take to make sure its pork products used for its U.S. locations don’t come from pigs bred in gestation crates (cages that virtually immobilize breeding pigs for much of their lives).
“People simply don’t support the lifelong confinement of farm animals in tiny crates,” said Matthew Prescott, food policy director for The HSUS’s farm animal protection division. “When it comes to addressing cruelty to animals, an issue that American consumers feel strongly about, Tim Hortons is severely lagging.”
The proposal will be voted on at the company’s annual meeting in May.