Target: DineEquity, Inc. CEO Julia A. Stewart
Goal: Thank IHOP and Applebee’s for taking steps to eliminate cruel pig gestation crates
Gestation crates are metal enclosures where pregnant sows are kept for the bulk of their lives. These crates are extremely small and do not allow the pigs enough room to even turn around. The floors are slotted to allow the waste of the animal to fall below at which point the pigs inhale the toxic fumes. These torture chambers have become a staple in the pork industry, but companies like IHOP and Applebee’s are taking steps to eliminate this horrific practice.
DineEquity, Inc., owner of popular restaurant chains Applebee’s and IHOP, previously joined 60 other companies in a pledge to eliminate gestation crates by 2020. The company is now upping the ante by announcing that it will be requesting reports from pork suppliers on the progress of removing the cruel gestation crates.
DineEquity states on its website, “Since making that pledge [eliminating gestation crates by the year 2020], we have continued to survey our suppliers and communicate our desire that they be gestation-crate free by the end of this decade…As a next step, in 2014, we will ask our suppliers for annual progress reports on their efforts to comply with our plan so that we may evaluate where each supplier is with regard to reaching our goal.” A representative from the Humane Society of the United States says, “We view the statement by DineEquity as another strong message to the pork industry that the practice of confining breeding animals to the point that they are unable to turn around has no place in food supply.”
Humane companies like DineEquity are using their influence in the food industry to better the lives of pigs across the country. Please take a moment to thank the parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s for holding the pork industry responsible for its actions.
Dear Ms. Julia A. Stewart,
I was pleased to learn that DineEquity, Inc., owner of popular restaurant chains Applebee’s and IHOP, joined 60 other companies in a pledge to eliminate gestation crates by 2020. Now the company is taking proactive steps to ensure that this goal is met by requesting reports from pork suppliers on the progress of removing the cruel gestation crates.
Thank you for using your influence in the food industry to better the lives of pigs across the country by working towards eliminating torturous gestation crates.
[Your Name Here]
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