Wendy's, the world's third-largest fast food chain, says it wants every raw material and finished product supplier to submit quarterly progress reports that reflect the percentage of stall-free pork supplied to the restaurant chain.
Wendy's previously outlined a 2022 deadline to eliminate the use of gestation crates in its supply chain.
"In 2013, Wendy's met on multiple occasions with pork industry representatives and outside experts to continue work towards our stated goal of sourcing only from gestation stall-free pork suppliers," the chain said, explaining its new policy on the company website.
The new quarterly reports will show suppliers' ability to provide pork produced without the use of gestation crates.
The Humane Society of the United States, which has championed the transition away from gestation crates, said Monday that the group appreciates Wendy's commitments to eliminate gestation crates.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, producers should have the ultimate right to decide which housing system is most appropriate for their animals on a welfare, safety and health basis.