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.