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Safeway Moves to Sell Crate-Free Pork

Safeway Moves to Sell Crate-Free Pork

Plus, Humane Society releases video from pork production facility

McDonald's and Burger King began to lead the way last month after announcing new standards for pork products, and Safeway is doing the same. The supermarket chain announced that it intends to stop selling pork products from animals in gestation crates.

The company said they will start sourcing more sustainable pork products, but that changes to the system could take "a very long time." As Reuters reports, gestation crates are used to confine pregnant hogs and sows so they are unable to move.

The announcement, coming from the fifth-largest supermarket chain in the country, sent waves through the agribusiness and animal cruelty communities. The pork industry replied back saying Safeway was bullied by animal groups to change its practices, which in turn affects production costs and prices for the consumer.

However, the Humane Society applauded the move — and released a video today to prove their point. The group released a video filmed at the Wyoming Premium Farms, which shows sick and dead animals, as well as animal abuse to piglets and pregnant sows. The group claims the farm is a supplier to Tyson Foods, but Tyson has denied the claims.


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


Pleasanton-Based Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork Supply

PLEASANTON (CBS/AP) – The nation’s second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs.

Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it’s planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

Most pork currently comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates. Animal welfare activists have pushed for using open pens.

Other corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King also plan to buy pork from pigs not kept in crates.

Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said the chain already buys some pork from producers who are phasing out gestation crates. The Pleasanton-based company has not set a deadline for going completely crate-free.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the industry to improve welfare of caged chickens and pigs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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