Centerplate describes itself as "one of the largest hospitality companies in the world" and has catered Super Bowl and World Series Games, Presidential Inaugural Balls, and other high profile events. But why is Centerplate supporting intensive confinement of animals?
Battery cage farms cram egg-laying hens into tiny wire cages. With less room than a sheet of computer paper to live in for virtually their entire lives, these poor animals are unable to spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. This outdated agricultural practice is so cruel that it is already illegal in the entire European Union and several states in the US.
Thankfully, we've also seen lots of movement away from battery cages in the private sector, too. In the last few years, some of the worlds largest restaurant chains and food service providers—places like Aramark, Sodexo, McDonalds, and more—have made commitments to phase out this horrible practice from their supply chain. However, there is one conspicuous standout from this group, one of the largest food service providers in the world: Centerplate. They have refused to make any commitment on this issue, and have fallen behind their competitors on this basic issue of animal cruelty.
When I learned that Centerplate is based in my state of South Carolina, I knew that I wanted to do something about this problem. Please, sign my petition and let Centerplate know that consumers do not want to be supporting this kind of extreme animal cruelty with their dining dollars. It's time for Centerplate to do the right thing and join their competitors in pledging to end their support of farms that still use outdated battery cage systems.
Because of the widespread opposition to battery cages, many companies are beginning to phase these farms out of their supply lines—including some of the largest food service providers in the world. The Compass Group, Armark and Sodexo have already announced their plans to phase out battery cages, but their main competitor—you—Centerplate, has failed to join them in their stand against factory farming and animal cruelty.
When the public, animal welfare experts, and environmental protection agencies are demanding an end to battery cages, there is no reason for your company to remain on the wrong side of history.