Burger King announced that it has met its 2007 goal of purchasing 10 percent of its pork products from operations banning gestation stalls. The Miami-based fast food giant also announced its animal welfare goals for 2008, which include increasing the amount of pork products it buys from producers who don't use gestation stalls. The company did not specify the amount of the increase.
"For almost a decade, we have used our purchasing power to encourage positive steps in animal agriculture," said Julio Ramirez, executive vice president of global operations for Burger King Corp.
Bruce Friedrick, the vice president of animal activist group PETA, also said that Burger King's moves have influenced the entire animal industry. "The availability of cage free products is growing, a credit to BKC's leadership on the issue."