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Calabasas-based Cheesecake Factory will phase out pork raised in controversial cages
Cheesecake Factory has joined food industry giants to call for an end to gestation cages which create cruel conditions for female pigs throughout their breeding lives. Unfortunately the practice is so widespread it will take a decade to create sufficient supplies of pork not raised under such conditions.
Excerpt: "The Calabasas-based restaurant chain said it joined dozens of food companies vowing to buy pork from pigs not confined to tight cages known as gestation crates. Only it may take a decade before pig farmers can supply enough cage-free pork to match the growing demand.
'We have already taken steps to engage our pork suppliers,' The Cheesecake Factory said in a statement. 'We are currently working with them to develop plans to eliminate gestation crates from our pork supply chain by a 2022 target date.'
The company joins such food giants as Oscar Mayer, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Costco, Safeway and Kroger to seek to end the use of pig cages fought by the Humane Society of the United States.
Such cages confine breeding pigs day and night for four months in crates no bigger than their bodies, preventing them from turning around. The animals are then shuttled to another crate to be impregnated and give birth, and are then put back in their iron cage. This happens pregnancy after pregnancy for their entire lives.
'We applaud The Cheesecake Factory for tackling one of the most serious farm animal welfare problems, as part of the company's commitment to sustainability,' said Josh Balk, director of corporate policy for the Humane Society. 'Of course, we would have hoped it could change tomorrow, but we're thrilled the practice will soon be eliminated.' "
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