Drive-In Chain Sonic Eliminating Gestation Crates

The fast-food chain hopes to phase out its use of the small cages in favor of more humane group housing systems.


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Shortly after Cracker Barrel’s recent announcement that it intends to phase out the use of gestation crates, fast-food giant Sonic has also pledged to eliminate the cruel enclosures from its pork-supply chain. Sonic, the country’s largest drive-in chain, has set a 10-year time-frame for the phase-out, though it ideally would like to complete the transition by 2017. Sonic’s decision comes fresh on the heels of announcements from fellow restaurant chains McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Denny’s, all of which committed to discontinuing their use of the crates earlier this year. Gestation crates have come under fire in recent months due to their confining nature, which restricts even the basic movement of sows.

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