Industry News | April 2, 2001

Burger King Endorses Animal Guidelines

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Burger King Corporation today announced the endorsement of guidelines for the humane treatment of food animals. The endorsed guidelines include the American Meat Institute (AMI) Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning for cattle and swine; the United Egg Producers (UEP) Animal Husbandry Guidelines for U.S. Egg Laying Flocks, and the National Chicken Council (NCC) Animal Welfare Guidelines for broiler chickens.

Each of these sets of guidelines was reviewed by scientific and industry experts prior to adoption by their respective industries.

"Endorsing these guidelines forms the foundation for our Animal Well-Being program as we move forward," said Tulin Tuzel, senior vice president, research and development and Chief Technology Officer of Burger King Corporation. "The next step, working in concert with our Advisory Council, will be to identify specific provisions within these guidelines which should be enhanced or qualified and to adopt procedures for implementation and verification.''

Burger King Corporation formed the Animal Well-Being Advisory Council last fall, comprised of such nationally-recognized experts in the field as Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D. from Colorado State University; Professor Janice Swanson, Kansas State University, and Professor David Fraser, Ph.D. from The University of British Columbia.

Burger King Corporation has required its suppliers to comply with the Federal Humane Slaughter Act since the inception of the act.