Target: Quiznos food chain CEO Stuart K. Mathis
Goal: Thank Quiznos for eliminating controversial pig cages
Sandwich food chain Quiznos has recently drawn praise from animal advocacy groups like the Humane Society of the United States for scheduling the elimination of a controversial industry practice. The use of pig “gestation crates”—very small cages wherein breeding pigs are confined—has long been condemned across the board by animal welfare activists, scientists, business owners, and consumer advocates alike. The majority of American breeding pigs are confined in these cages for their whole lives, in the most wretched living conditions; the cages are so small, the animals are virtually immobilized, spending years trapped and repeatedly impregnated until they die in misery.
Quiznos began to move in the right direction in 2008 by implementing the use of gestation crate-free pork in many of its restaurant locations; the company was one of the first to do so. While this was a positive move, it was not yet enough to satisfy animal advocates or customers. Taking note of these interests, the chain has recently committed to a more permanent fix to the situation. Quiznos has pledged to work closely with its suppliers in completely eliminating the use of gestation crates in its supply chain between 2017 and 2022.
There have already been signs that Quiznos is inspiring other businesses to end the cruel use of gestation crates. Oscar Mayer, McDonald’s, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and many other companies have pledged to follow the lead Quiznos has set in treating pigs humanely and decently. Please sign the petition below to applaud Quiznos for this change, and thank the company for setting an example for others in the food industry.
Dear Stuart K. Mathis:
Your company, Quiznos, has recently drawn support for scheduling the elimination of controversial pig “gestation crates.” I would like to add my voice to those who have praised your business for ending that inhumane practice. The use of these cages, wherein the unfortunate animals are trapped and repeatedly impregnated for years, is tantamount to one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the history of the food industry.
Other leaders in the food industry have already pledged to follow your lead, and I sincerely hope that this is a sign of things to come. Thank you for taking a stand against animal cruelty and setting an example for the rest of the food industry.
[Your Name Here]
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