IHOP, Applebee's removing gestation-sow stalls from the menu

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Restaurant giant, DineEquity, Inc., became the third company this week to announce their decision to end the use of gestation-sow stalls in their pork supply chain. DineEquity’s policy change will affect food served at 3,500 IHOP and Applebee's restaurants.

In a news release, Kevin Mortesen, DineEquity’s Vice President of Communications, reiterated the company’s commitment to serving guests “delicious meals featuring ingredients that are produced and sourced as responsibly and sustainably as possible.”  

The company plans to phase out gestation-sow stalls by 2020.

 “We recognize there are challenges to meeting this goal, but as one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies, we are confident our suppliers will meet our expectations and work with us to achieve this objective,” Mortesen said.

Two other companies, café bakery Au Bon Pain and General Mills, also announced this week that they would move their pork suppliers away from gestation-sow stalls. Click here to read more.

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kansas  |  January, 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Imagine, if you will, an industry factually known to be of high quality and sound practices under attack by blinded zealots who care nothing for science and facts, only their tender feelings. Now also imagine these responsible business people were being threatened by their own allies, who've been bullied and blackmailed into compliance with the Innocents' attackers, undermining them and assisting in the attacks. Finally, imagine these businessmen grasp that their attackers are ultimately bent on their annihilation and these preliminary attacks are simply the first wave; and decide to make a risky stand against all comers? What will their "weak sisters" do if they refuse to surrender to the blackmailers, buy all their pork products in Europe? Wouldn't that be interesting?

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