Chili’s: Commit to Meaningful Welfare Standards for Chickens
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My name is Kathy Beck, and as a former Chili’s employee, I know firsthand that the restaurant’s brand is in crisis. Chili’s has fallen behind its competitors by allowing its suppliers to cruelly abuse chickens in ways other chains have already banned.
Many of Chili’s competitors, including TGI Fridays, BJ’s Restaurants, Red Robin, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and dozens of other chains, have pledged to adopt Global Animal Partnership (GAP) chicken welfare standards and end live-shackle slaughter—that is, chaining chickens by their feet and dragging them through electrified water before cutting their throats.
Chili’s tries to convince consumers that it has made commitments similar to those of its competitors. But Chili’s standards fail to address the most urgent welfare issues in the company’s supply chain. Unlike other major food companies, Chili’s published policy fails to meet the criteria endorsed by leading farmed animal protection organizations in the U.S.
Please join me in asking Chili’s leaders to publicly commit to a reasonable time frame for adopting GAP standards and ending live-shackle slaughter. It’s time they caught up to their competitors. Let’s boycott their restaurants until they do.
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