Target stores on Friday announced a commitment to sourcing pork from crate-free farms.
Target says it is "committed to the human treatment of animals, and believes they should be raised in clean, safe environments free from cruelty, abuse or neglect." It has set a goal of 2022 to complete a full transition to sourcing pork from crate-free environments, according to the company website.
The company, which has 1,781 stores in 49 states and employs 355,000 people, is the fourth-largest food retailer in the United States. The company also maintains locations in India and Canada.
Target joins other food retailers, including McDonald's, Hillshire Brands and Oscar-Mayer in committing to a timeline for crate-free sourcing.