- Paul BrownCEO, Arby's
- John BowieCOO, Arby's
- Rob LynchBrand President and CMO, Arby's
- David PipesCFO, Arby's
- Melissa StraitChief People Officer, Arby's
- Christopher FullerVP, Brand and Corporate Communications, Arby's
- Emily ParadowskiDirector, National Brand Experience
Arby's: Stop Supporting Chicken Torture!
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Arby's has always touted its commitment to corporate social responsibility and humane treatment of animals. Unfortunately, Mercy For Animals has recently learned that Arby's profits from the horrific animal cruelty it claims to reject.
Arby's allows its suppliers to abuse chickens in ways other chains have banned for being too cruel. Raised in near total darkness, many birds are bred to grow so large, so fast, they collapse under their own weight. They often suffer from constant leg pain so severe they can’t stand and spend almost all their time sitting in their own waste. At slaughter, they are shackled upside down and shocked with electricity before their throats are cut open—all while fully conscious. Many are even scalded alive.
Unlike other restaurants, Arby's has failed to publish a chicken welfare policy. Arby's has already fallen behind the leadership of Burger King, Qdoba, Subway, Jack in the Box, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Fridays, Noodles & Company, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Shake Shack, and Quiznos, restaurant chains with detailed public commitments for improving chicken welfare in their supply chains. If current CEO Paul Brown can't meet consumers’ urgent demands for transparency and accountability, it’s time for Arby's to find a CEO who can.
Please ask Arby's leaders to adopt the same comprehensive animal welfare commitments for chickens as their competitors and boycott their restaurants until they do. Arby's should live up to its “PurposeFULL” brand and agree to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; do not use live-shackle slaughter; and provide enrichments, reduced stocking density, and improved light and litter quality. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
- CEO, Arby's
- COO, Arby's
- Brand President and CMO, Arby's
- CFO, Arby's
- Chief People Officer, Arby's
- VP, Brand and Corporate Communications, Arby's
- Director, National Brand Experience
Arby's brand is in crisis. Your company has fallen behind its competitors on issues of animal welfare and transparency. It is time for Arby's to live up to its reputation as a company committed to doing things the right way or risk losing it forever.
Burger King, Qdoba, Jack in the Box, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, Noodles & Company, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Shake Shack, and Quiznos have all publicly committed to the same comprehensive, improved chicken welfare standards for their entire supply chains. And new restaurants are announcing commitments all the time.
Like these companies, Arby's has both the power and the ethical responsibility to reduce suffering for millions of birds each year. Arby's, however, has failed to publish a detailed, comprehensive animal welfare policy.
Please take immediate action to address this issue by joining your competitors in pledging to dramatically improve chicken welfare by 2024. Arby's should agree to source only chickens from farms that use higher-welfare breeds; do not use live-shackle slaughter; and provide enrichments, reduced stocking density, and improved light and litter quality. The company should also commit to third-party auditing to demonstrate compliance with these standards. Until Arby’s makes these commitments, I will eat elsewhere.
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