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Quiznos Kicks Subway to the Ethical Curb

Quiznos Kicks Subway to the Ethical Curb

Fast food. It’s easy, convenient and fairly cheap. But what about the ethics of it all?  Some companies are now making changes to address their impact on our animal friends.

With a little help from PETA, Quiznos, the sandwich chain with 5,000 stores in the United States, has just adopted new animal welfare policy concerning the eggs, pork and turkey they buy.

Quiznos spokesman Joe Hodas said, “We are always trying to find new ways to be better corporate citizens, and we’ll continue to seek those ways.”

So with this new policy, Quiznos will be buying more cage-free eggs, crate-free pork, and turkeys from suppliers that use “controlled atmosphere killing,” where the birds’ oxygen supply is replaced by other gases.  This method is thought to be more humane than traditional slaughterhouse methods.

Quiznos will be phasing in these changes with plans to use 15 percent crate-free pork by 2012, 5 percent of its turkeys from humane suppliers by 2010 and they plan to increase their cage free eggs to 10 percent in five years.

They’ve also removed eggs from some of their cookies. It’s a small step, but it’s definitely in the right direction. It’s also more than Subway, Quiznos’ main competitor, has done. Subway continues to support factory farming.

Subway can keep their $5 footlong. Quiznos’ toasted veggie sub is the way to go if you’re looking for a quick bite and want to do some good for the animals.

 

 

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4:48PM PST on Feb 26, 2009

I agree Delight S, not to mention too that they do it for greed, and breed the animals in mass production. Also the animals are treated so badly they aren't healthy for human "consumption". I wouldn't feed it to my children..

4:40PM PST on Feb 26, 2009

Guess I will be eating at Quiznos more often. Love thier veggie sub anyhow. :)

11:56PM PST on Feb 23, 2009

en todos lso casos se debe velar porque los animales no sufran debemos agradecerles que nos alimenten y si podemos no comerlos

4:01PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

Roseanne G, I have not seen anyone condemning meat eaters. If you feel guilty for your choice, don't blame us. what we do condemn is factory farms treating animals badly before they are slaughtered heartlessly for those who do consume meat. I would have to say that if I was part of a religion that supported the heartless slaughter of innocent animals for human pleasure, I would have to find another religion (mine is Buddhism - no animals harmed in the practice of my religion!)

12:43PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

Roseanne G, animals, including fish and birds have brains and nervous systems, which means they feel pain. Plants do not. There lies the difference. I'm curious, do you avoid stepping on grass too often or pruning bushes?

12:05PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

One more thing, just because Quiznos says they are going to do the "humane" thing does not necessarity mean humane the way you mean humane. Many companys have put the word Organic on their products and they are not or no animal testing used in creating the product and they are. Before you go jumping on the Quiznos band wagon and believing what they say, do some investigating to determine if what they say is true. As for me, I will continue to enjoy my Subway sandwhiches.

12:00PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

While I support the right of vegetarians/vegans to eat as they please, it is important that they not condemn meat eaters for wanting to continue to eat meat. I am a Christian and fervently believe in the Bible being written by men inspired of God. God does not condemn the eating of meat. In fact, the Bible talks about the killing of the fatted calf (among other animals)for meals. All things should be done in moderation including the killing and eating of plants or animals. Yes, you kill plants to eat them. Because you cannot see any feelings does not mean they do not react to being killed. So do all with respect for the life you take and give thanks.

12:00PM PST on Feb 17, 2009

While I support the right of vegetarians/vegans to eat as they please, it is important that they not condemn meat eaters for wanting to continue to eat meat. I am a Christian and fervently believe in the Bible being written by men inspired of God. God does not condemn the eating of meat. In fact, the Bible talks about the killing of the fatted calf (among other animals)for meals. All things should be done in moderation including the killing and eating of plants or animals. Yes, you kill plants to eat them. Because you cannot see any feelings does not mean they do not react to being killed. So do all with respect for the life you take and give thanks.

1:01PM PST on Feb 16, 2009

I'm a vegetarian, too, but I question the healthfulness of the gases used to suffocate the chickens on behalf of my omnivorous friends, as well as whether it is really more humane. "Cage free" is not a legal term, either. It can mean that the birds are in a pen on the ground for 10 min. and the rest of the time back in their pens. How much input does PETA actually have with Quiznos?

10:09PM PST on Feb 15, 2009

Good job, Quiznos!!

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