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McDonald's Asks Producers to Stop Using Hog Crates

posted on February 17, 2012

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - McDonald's Corp. says it will require
its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out the
use of stalls that confine pregnant sows.
     The Humane Society of the United States is touting Monday's
announcement as a major victory in its fight to stop the use of the
stalls it considers inhumane.
     Some of McDonald's suppliers have already announced plans to
phase out the stalls.
     The joint statement released Monday by McDonald's and the Humane
Society says the fast food chain wants all its of its suppliers to
do so.
     McDonald's spokesman Dan Gorsky says suppliers including
Smithfield Foods and Cargill have made progress in adopting
alternatives to so-called gestation crates and the company will
discuss the next steps with all of its suppliers after receiving
their plans.

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