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Denny's is Latest Restaurant to Ban Pork From Gestation Stalls
USAgNet - 05/16/2012

Officials with Denny's restaurants announced on Tuesday that the chain will begin to require its suppliers to provide pork from systems that do not use gestation-sow stalls. According to Pork Magazine, the company did not offer a timeline for implementation.

"Denny's takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen seriously, which is why we have adopted a strong position on animal welfare," Greg Linford, Denny's vice president, procurement and distribution, said in a news release. "We will endeavor to purchase products from companies that provide gestation crate-free pork and are committed to influencing our suppliers to share in a gestation crate-free vision for the future. Working to eliminate gestation crates is best for our company, our guests and our continued work to improve animal welfare."

The Humane Society of the United States says it 'has worked with Denny's together to address animal welfare issues for more than five years.'

This action makes Denny's is the latest chain to announce efforts to work with suppliers whose pork can be traced back to stall-free gestation. Others on that list include McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Safeway. Recently Domino's Pizza shareholders voted down a similarly proposed measure.

Denny's has more than 1,650 restaurants in the United States.

Pork Magazine reports that industry estimates suggest that about 10 percent of the U.S. sow herd would meet the gestation stall-free mandate, prompting questions about fulfilling supply needs.

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