Target: Wendy’s CEO Todd A. Penegor
Goal: Start using free-range, antibiotic-free meats in all Wendy’s menu items.
Last year, McDonald’s announced they would start using antibiotic-free chicken. Many expected this announcement from the world’s biggest fast food name to start a chain reaction among other restaurants, but so far few have answered that call.
Wendy’s prides itself on “fresh, never frozen” beef patties from cows raised in the United States, real Northern Atlantic cod for their fish sandwich and their selection of healthier choices to replace fries in their combo meals. They advertise four different salads, all made with fresh ingredients and the dressing served on the side.
Unfortunately, these conscious efforts towards good health are dampened by their continued use of meat containing antibiotics and hormones. Recently, they were among many chain restaurants to receive an “F” from half a dozen environmental and consumer advocacy groups.
Fast food is unhealthy by default; not quite as nutritious or wholesome as food prepared at home or in other restaurants. But it is also cheap and convenient for those who do not have the time to cook or sit down in a diner or fancy restaurant. So it makes sense that fast food franchises would try to expand their menus to contain fresher choices. However, fast food does not have to be greasy and deep-fried to be unhealthy. Antibiotics and hormones are as bad for consumers as excessive fat, sugar and cholesterol.
Simply expanding the menu is only half the solution for a healthier world. The chicken used in this chain’s salads should be free-range and contain no hormones or antibiotics for these salads to truly be considered health food. The hamburgers would taste better if the “fresh, never frozen” beef patties came from grass-fed cows. Sign this petition to help put better quality meat on this chain’s menu.
Dear Mr. Penegor,
Wendy’s has added healthier choices to their menu in recent years, but the use of factory-farmed, antibiotic-filled meat prevents them from truly being healthy. Free-range, grass-fed livestock produce higher quality beef, chicken and dairy products that are not only healthier for consumers, but will taste better.
Please start using antibiotic-free meat in your products. You’ve already taken a step towards healthier consumers by offering more salads and sides for your combo meals. Now take the next big step by supplying restaurants with healthier, higher quality meats.
[Your Name Here]
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