Target: Steve Ells, CEO and Founder, Chipotle Mexican Grill
Goal: Praise decision to remove pork from menu after a breach in animal welfare standards by a supplier.
Fast food chain Chipotle has removed pork from the menu at 600 of its restaurants citing a breach of animal welfare procedures by one of its suppliers. A spokesman for the Mexican food chain states that rather than compromising their high standards for animal welfare, the company has decided to pull the item from stores entirely. The severity of the abuse, which was discovered during a routine audit of supplier conditions, has not been disclosed.
Chipotle places an emphasis on responsibly-sourced foods, using organic produce wherever possible and only hormone-free dairy products. According to the chain’s website, 100 percent of pork products are sourced from farms that “treat their pigs differently.” Chipolte’s pigs are kept outdoors or in large, open pens, as opposed to a cramped factory farm environment. They are fed only a vegetarian diet without any antibiotics or growth hormones.
The company holds suppliers of other meats to similar standards. It requires all beef and chicken suppliers to raise the animals naturally without the use of food additives, artificial growth hormones, and antibiotics. Dairy cows have daily access to outdoor pastures, and are fed an all-vegetarian diet, like they would eat in nature. While Chipotle’s high standards sometimes result in a shortage of product, the chain takes the item off of the menu temporarily rather than accepting questionably-sourced meats.
With over 1700 restaurants, Chipotle is proving that fast food chains can be responsible in their sourcing without sacrificing profits or business success. Sign the petition below to applaud the chain for its diligence in ensuring all animals in its supply chain are being treated fairly.
Dear Mr. Steve Ells,
Chipotle Mexican Grill recently removed pork from the menus of 600 stores after an audit discovered that a supplier was not adhering to the company’s strict animal welfare standards. Chipotle demands that its pigs be fed only a vegetarian diet without added hormones or antibiotics, and that they are kept either outside or in spacious open pens. The chain has similar expectations for the treatment of other animals, including chickens and cows.
Over the years, Chipotle has set itself apart from other fast food chains by demanding that its suppliers treat animals fairly. We, the undersigned, commend your commitment to responsibility and the removal of substandard pork from your restaurants.
[Your Name Here]
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