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Burger King Says All Eggs and Pork Will Come From Cage-Free Chickens and Pigs by 2017: Should Other Restaurants Follow Suit?

Living 2012/04/26 17:10:38
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Are you an animal lover, particularly one with a weakness for Burger King? We have good news for you. The burger joint announced on Wednesday that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017, The Associated Press reports.



"So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, which has been pushing Burger King and other corporations on the issue, according to the AP.

It certainly seems like a step in the right direction. Conventionally raised eggs come from hens confined in battery cages, and most pork comes from sows that are confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates, the AP says.

Increased costs have prevented some companies from going cage-free, but research shows that customers are willing to pay more for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that animals are being treated humanely.

And since Burger King is the nation's second-largest fast-food restaurant, other companies are likely to follow suit. Wal-Mart and Costco have already transitioned their private-label eggs to 100 percent cage-free, and Unilever, maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise brand, is also going 100 percent cage-free. Should other restaurants and brands follow in their footsteps?
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  • Tomus Megalomania 2012/04/26 18:44:50
    Yes
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    But not all of them. It's good to have cheap alternatives.
  • Vieuphoria Tomus M... 2012/04/26 19:45:57
    Vieuphoria
    +4
    I honestly don\t think price should ever come in to this. It's about quality of life for a being we have shut away to be killed.
  • Tomus M... Vieuphoria 2012/04/26 21:17:39
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    If that's the case, then why don't we set them up in hotels? There are reasonable limits to how nice we will be to animals.

    Animals have no rights. We can ethically use them for profit however we want.
  • Vieuphoria Tomus M... 2012/04/26 21:45:43
    Vieuphoria
    We do not have dominion over animals. We can use them for meat, but we have no right to treat them badly in doing so.
  • Tomus M... Vieuphoria 2012/04/26 21:49:06
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    I disagree. If you pay for the animal, you do have a right to treat it badly, within limits.
  • Vieuphoria Tomus M... 2012/04/26 22:33:51
    Vieuphoria
    +1
    That is horrific. What exactly are the limits here?
  • Tomus M... Vieuphoria 2012/04/27 02:04:02
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    They should not be treated badly for the sake of sadistic pleasure. They should not be put in undue pain before or during slaughter.

    These rules should be applied not for the sake of the animal, but for the sake of those handling them. They should be in place to prevent animal handlers from becoming sadistic and callous. People (supposedly) have rights and obligations, not to animals, but to themselves and other people.
  • Sterling Tomus M... 2012/04/27 16:58:23
    Sterling
    +1
    What you're saying is way too logical for these people. I guarantee these people have never stepped foot on a farm which they hate so badly either. What's next, plant cruelty? (oh wait that exists... environmentalists/organic) This is a joke, no matter what we will do there will always be people who hate our existence and for a false sense of superiority decide that what was done for the sake of humanity (and largely benefits and feeds the poor) is morally corrupt. If it comes down to feeding a kid at night with cheap meat or letting that kid starve but keeping our cows on the range, I'll pick the kid every time.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/04/26 18:44:00
    Yes
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
  • Smokey 2012/04/26 18:40:59
  • Bibliophilic 2012/04/26 18:40:09
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    +13
    Yes, let's leave the dark ages. It's possible to treat animals bred for food humanely.
  • Tomus M... Bibliop... 2012/04/26 21:27:13
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    That is often not as profitable. The market demands mostly cheap meat and poultry. Some people demand free range and organic, if they can pay for it, but most people can't. Livestock is an asset and needs to meet the demands of the market. Treating animals nicely is a secondary concern.
  • William... Tomus M... 2012/04/26 22:08:28
    William Weber
    +2
    It's sick that we treat LIVING things with emotions and that feel pain as profits. It's Very Sickening. Not saying that i'd ever be a vegetarian, just that i prefer to eat meat that has been treated humanely.
  • Tomus M... William... 2012/04/26 22:13:38
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    They are still treated as assets for profit.
  • William... Tomus M... 2012/04/26 22:19:04
    William Weber
    +2
    And that makes it right? Being an asset for profit justifies cruel treatment?
  • Tomus M... William... 2012/04/26 22:22:54
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    Within certain limits, yes.
  • Bibliop... Tomus M... 2012/04/26 23:04:45 (edited)
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    In the future it may be more profitable. Especially when and if consumers demand cruelty-free meat. There is already a rising demand for grass fed beef and free range chicken. Either way there are people who want to eat meat as ethically as possible. The elite already dine on ethically 'grown' meat or are vegetarian.

    I'd like to start purchasing cruelty free dairy products.
  • Tomus M... Bibliop... 2012/04/27 02:10:02
    Tomus Megalomania
    +1
    I just don't think animals have any rights. Most objections about how we treat animals don't make much sense to me.
  • Bibliop... Tomus M... 2012/04/27 02:58:06
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    Why don't animals have rights?
  • Tomus M... Bibliop... 2012/04/28 01:43:19
    Tomus Megalomania
    Animals are not rational. They cannot think categorically and cannot universalize propositions.Thus, they are incapable of deontological moral reasoning. That means they are not the type of thing that we hold morally accountable for their actions (they have no obligations), and it also means they have no moral entitlement (rights). In short, animals have no proper notion of right vs. wrong.
  • thє вlu... Tomus M... 2012/04/27 12:03:20
  • Tomus M... thє вlu... 2012/04/28 01:50:29
    Tomus Megalomania
    Do I really need to spell out the difference between people and livestock?
  • thє вlu... Tomus M... 2012/04/28 19:15:08
  • Tomus M... thє вlu... 2012/04/29 02:30:07
    Tomus Megalomania
    Exactly
  • thє вlu... Tomus M... 2012/04/29 17:33:21
  • Tomus M... thє вlu... 2012/04/29 19:11:44
    Tomus Megalomania
    You're funny!
  • Sterling Bibliop... 2012/04/27 05:42:29
    Sterling
    +2
    Actually seeing as caging animals like this is a relatively new thing because we need to use our land efficiently moving away from cages to free-range would be re-entering the dark ages. I'm all for the humane treatment of animals, but I'll put people before animals any day.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/26 18:35:22
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    +5
    Just because it is food does not mean that the animal must be abused !!!
  • Vieuphoria 2012/04/26 18:29:13
    Yes
    Vieuphoria
    +6
    Animals are not property of humanity. If we must kill them to eat, we should at least give them a good life first. The way animals are treated in the food industry is truly disgusting and despicable.
  • Peewee ... Vieuphoria 2012/04/26 20:09:14
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Wait a minute, our farm animals are treated very well. If someone gets sick, we will give them antibiotics. But not as a general course. Farmers care very much for the health and well being of their livestock, it's their liveliehood. As usual, there's a few bad that give the rest of a bad name.
  • Vieuphoria Peewee ... 2012/04/26 20:46:31
    Vieuphoria
    +1
    I mentioned nothing of conventional farms. Battery farming in cages etc, however, is just wrong.
  • smitty 2012/04/26 18:21:11
    No
    smitty
    +3
    Really don't care. Burger Sling gives me gas.
  • Omni smitty 2012/04/26 19:50:54
    Omni
    +2
    You don't care that sentient animals are suffering excruciating amounts of pain each day?
  • smitty Omni 2012/04/26 20:02:17
    smitty
    +2
    I think it is debatable whether they are suffering excruciating pain.
  • Omni smitty 2012/04/26 21:31:10 (edited)
    Omni
    +1
    Not really. Have you ever even seen slaughter houses? The name should give it away, though.
  • smitty Omni 2012/04/27 13:26:08
    smitty
    Generally to eat meat you have to kill something. Slaughter it. Unless you want to bite into while it is alive and kicking.

    Slit the throat drain the blood. A lot of blood. Yes I have seen slaughter houses.. they are nasty. Either I kill the meat or a slaughter house does.

    Have you ever killed a deer then processed it? It isn;t a pleasant sight, but it is good eatins afterward.
  • Peewee ... Omni 2012/04/26 20:09:54
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Extreme boredom, but not pain.
  • Omni Peewee ... 2012/04/26 21:31:16
    Omni
    +4
    Ignorance is bliss.
  • Peewee ... Omni 2012/04/27 00:53:29
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Huh? Been watching Peta videos or have you actually gone to visit a farm? No farmer I know 'tortures' his animals.
  • Omni Peewee ... 2012/04/27 01:20:04
    Omni
    +1
    You think these factory farmers are the same as those old fashion farmers? For the record, I've known people who've worked in factory farms, and they've told me how it is. It isn't pretty.

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