The Humane Society of the United States announced last Thursday that it has become a stockholder in the company that operates fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, with the intent of motivating the corporation to source eggs and pork from farms with humane conditions. Apollo Global Management, the parent company of the popular chains, currently uses pigs and hens that are housed in gestation crates and battery cages, respectively, which are considered overly restrictive and cruel by animal-welfare experts. HSUS’ new position as a shareholder may allow it to influence changes within the corporation’s practices.
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