OAKVILLE — Tim Hortons is calling on the pork industry and its suppliers to eliminate gestation stalls for sows and develop clear plans and timelines to phase out these housing systems.
“We’re calling for an end to gestation stalls for sows and to significantly increase the use of alternative housing systems for hens. We believe there are better, more humane and sustainable housing systems that can improve the quality of animals’ lives. Striking a balanced, realistic solution for the farming community, which will need to make significant investments in new buildings, is also essential, and we fully recognize this will take time,” said Paul House, president, CEO, and executive chairman, Tim Hortons.
The new Tim Hortons initiatives include a commitment to source more than 10 per cent of its egg supply from more humane enriched hen housing systems by the end of 2013. It also intends to give preferred sourcing to pork suppliers who have clearly documented plans to phase out the use of gestation stalls and egg suppliers working to phase in enriched hen housing systems. The company is also planning to commission animal welfare research on sustainable, humane animal-housing systems and call for a North American-wide summit of restaurant companies interested in the humane treatment of animals in the restaurant industry supply chain.