The Wendy’s hamburger chain has joined others in the foodservice providers business that will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to make plans to phase out the use of gestation-sow stalls. Wendy’s announcement follows a similar announcement by McDonalds, giving its suppliers until May to develop and deliver their plans.

Dennis Hecker, head of Wendy's animal welfare committee and senior vice president of quality assurance, says – Wendy’s believes that confining sows in gestation stalls is not sustainable over the long term, and moving away from this practice is the right thing to do.

Also, the Compass Group, which operates 10-thousand dining facilities at schools, hospitals, corporate offices and other venues in the United States, and considered to be the largest foodservice company in the world, recently announced it also will eliminate gestation stalls.

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