Au Bon Pain: Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty
  • Petitioned Sue Morelli

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Sue Morelli
Guest Services
Guest Services
Chief Brand Officer
Maria Feicht
VP of Marketing
Walter Erwin
Senior VP, Franchising
Bernard Platt
Mike Lynch
Denis Malin
John Billingsley
Director of Marketing
David Nace
SVP of Food and Beverage Systems
Stefano Cordova

Au Bon Pain: Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty

    1. Joanna Breen
    2. Petition by

      Joanna Breen

      Boston, MA

January 2013


Although Au Bon Pain had partially switched away from intensive confinement systems in their supply chain, consumers were unhappy with anything less than a 100% commitment to end the worst factory farming practices—battery cages and gestation crates. Thanks to an enormous groundswell of support from consumers and through talks with The Humane League, I am very happy to announce that on January 18th, Au Bon Pain has made a commitment to phase 100% of gestation crate pork and battery cage eggs out of their supply chain!

As a loyal Au Bon Pain customer for years, I couldn’t imagine my morning routine without their coffee and breakfast sandwiches. However, I recently learned that Au Bon Pain is sourcing their eggs and meat from animals kept in deplorable confinement systems—battery cages and gestation crates.

I work as a veterinary technician, and while I am committed to reducing the suffering of animals, it doesn’t take a career in animal welfare to see that battery cages and gestation crates are inhumane and outdated. I can no longer support a restaurant whose products are the result of such bleak and unnecessary living conditions for animals.

“Battery cage” egg farms are massive warehouses where hens are confined to cages so small they cannot spread their wings and can barely turn around. Hens live among the feces and waste of other birds, and their feathers are often torn off due to constant rubbing against the cage bars.

“Gestation crates” are cages for mother pigs that are roughly 2 feet by 7 feet, not even large enough for the pig to turn around which renders them immoblized for months at a time. These confinement systems are a food safety threat, as well as a public health hazard.

Nine states have banned gestation and/or battery cages, while the European Union has outlawed these abuses, as well. Many food producers, like Smithfield and Hormel, and Au Bon Pain’s competitors, including Wendy’s, Burger King, Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts, and McDonald’s, have announced their plans to stop sourcing pork from farms using gestation crates; in announcing their decision, McDonald’s released a statement saying the company “believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives we think are better for the welfare of sows.” Many companies have also decided to stop sourcing their eggs from hens kept in battery cages, not simply in the interest of profits but because it is (as a Burger King spokesperson said) “the right thing to do.”

Please send Au Bon Pain a friendly message urging them to join dozens of other retailers committed to sourcing their eggs and meat from farms that do not use these terrible confinement systems.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gabriele Wood NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      There is God, the Higher Power, Karma...things will not stay unpunished

    • Angela Muto NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      THese conditions are cruel and inhumane.

      • over 1 year ago

      Animals deserve to be treated humanely. Shame on those who cause them to suffer!

    • merete verrechia SAG HARBOR, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Thank you for the better news.

      It's a must respect animals.

    • Dawn Hamrick CHESTERFIELD, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      They are willing to let us use the eggs and the pigs are going to die to become our meal. Couldn't we at least repay them by treating them like they have some value? These are living creatures with feelings and it is sad to think we are so self absorbed we cannot appreciate their sacrifice.


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