Applaud Chipotle for Demanding Responsibly Raised Meat


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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  1. Responsible meat? What is that exactly? Oh yes, it’s animals killed by humans. Doesn’t really matter if the poor animals ate well and munched happily on organic fare because the end is nigh – humans will murder them and eat them anyway. Responsible meat? I don’t think so.

    • Surely universal veganism isn’t a reality. Therefore it is our responsibility to improve the lives of these animals in every way possible!

      • But it could be a reality, if people took responsibility for the suffering they cause.

        Improving their lives is not really true when they are healthy, intelligent creatures that are killed as very young animals simply so people can eat their corpse. this “step” is really just PR whitewashing – “look, you are paying for slightly less horror than before! keep paying us to hurt animals, and we will keep comforting any pangs of conscience by telling you “it’s not that bad”- is it a deal?”

        because it isn’t that bad – for the humans who pay for it.

  2. I will not sign this petition. There is no excuse for the rape,kidnapping, grinding up and murder of neonates and adolescent nonhuman animals. This is just a balm for you to feel better about having someone else do the dirty work. “Responsibly raised meat” are living sentient beings whose life is cut short. Orwellian doublespeak at its best.

  3. Myrna Burdick says:

    This is a restaurant that is doing a whole lot more for the animals which their customers eat than 98.9%
    of all other restaurants.
    You had your say but everyone is not vegetarian at this point.

  4. I have really mixed feeling about this. Eating animals is barbaric and unhealthy and should not be happening at all. I support less cruelty but I worry that by thanking people who had to be pressured to do the minimum possible that they will think they have done something good rather than something somewhat less horrible than before. Meat-eating destroys the animal, the environment, and the humans who consume decaying flesh of another being. Stop it.

  5. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    I signed this with extreme reluctance. There is no such thing as “humane” murder. But since it’s a horrific reality of this insane world, at least any little thing that helps these poor animals’ hideous lives and deaths should be supported.

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