Fast food giant Burger King has announced it will start buying eggs and pork from suppliers who keep their animals in more humane conditions.
BK said it will begin to use suppliers that do not confine their animals in cages or crates and those that use gas or controlled atmospheric stunning rather than electric shocks to render birds unconscious before they are slaughtered, according to a report in The New York Times.
Over the next few months, Burger King said it will ensure 2% of its eggs come from cage free birds and 10% of its pork from farms that allow pigs to move around inside pens.
The percentages would rise, the company hoped, as farmers shift to better farming methods. Letters given to Associated Press by animal rights campaign group, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also reveal Burger King's product safety manager Steve Weiffenbach promised to double both percentages by the end of the year.
A PETA spokesman, Matt Prescott, said the move would: "send a ripple effect through the fast food industry."
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