Dairy Queen, Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty!

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“Happy tastes good.” That’s Dairy Queen’s slogan. Its mission is to “create positive memories for all who touch DQ.” But how could anyone possibly feel happy about a restaurant that supports extreme animal abuse? I recently learned that Dairy Queen does just this.

Chickens in DQ’s supply chain suffer immense cruelty throughout their entire lives.

  • They are bred to grow so large at such a fast rate that their bodies can’t keep up. This unnatural, rapid growth causes painful leg deformities, organ failure, and heart attacks. Many can’t even stand due to the weight, so they are forced to spend their lives lying in feces-filled litter.
  • Thousands of birds are crammed together into filthy, windowless sheds. They are forced to live in their own waste, with ammonia levels so high that many suffer from chemical burns on their bodies. 
  • When these social, intelligent animals are brought to slaughter, they are violently thrown upside down into metal shackles, a gruesome process that frequently breaks their legs. Their throats are then slit—often while they’re still fully conscious. They are even at risk of being boiled alive.

It’s a life of pure torture. And that’s why Dairy Queen must make changes.

It’s time for Dairy Queen to do the right thing and adopt the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC), a comprehensive set of welfare reforms that address the worst abuses suffered by chickens on today’s farms.

So while Dairy Queen has made some strides in recent years, such as adding a plant-based Dilly Bar to its menu, it’s not enough. I would love to see a company headquartered so close to my home in Minnesota leading the way in animal welfare. Consumers care about—and deserve—transparency.

Dairy Queen has the opportunity to greatly improve the lives of the millions of chickens it uses for the meat on its menu. If you agree that consumers deserve transparency about the sources of their food, especially with regard to animal welfare, please join me in urging DQ’s leadership to step up and sign onto the BCC—just as 200+ other companies (including White Castle and Popeyes) have done.

Dairy Queen: It’s time to end your support of cruel factory farming practices and adopt the Better Chicken Commitment! 

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Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals