HSUS announced today a move to gestation-crate free pork supplies for Heinz food company. The company produces sauces and frozen meals using pork, including its Weight Watchers and TGI Friday's branded products.
On his blog, HSUS Chief Executive Officer Wayne Pacelle shared a statement from Heinz: "[Heinz] is currently working with its pork suppliers to understand and document their plans to reduce or end the use of crates. This information will be used to inform the company's choice of suppliers now and in the future, in an effort to increase the company's use of pork from crate-free sources and, over time, eliminate gestation crates from our supply chain."
Pacelle said HSUS efforts are working to "bridge the gap between how farm animals are treated and how these animals should be treated."
Heinz joins McDonald's, Cracker Barrel, Kroger and many others to transition to a crate-free pork supply chain.