- Suzanne GrecoCEO
- Cindy EadieExecutive VP
- Millie ShinnExecutive VP
- Carman WenkoffChief Digital Officer
- Chris CarrollChief Advertising Officer
- Elizabeth StewartDirector of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Don FertmanCDO world headquarters
- Kimberly StrzeleckiCOO
- Joe TripodiChief Marketing Officer
- Lisa SheaVP of Human Resources
- Tara Hammon-CanfieldVP Development
- Sonja TilkiVP Brand Voice
- Robert SchiblerEVP Franchise Development
- Fulton BrownPresident Subway Development Easter PA
Subway: Stop supporting cruelty to chickens!
For quite some time, Subway’s footlongs have been a regular lunch time go-to for myself and many others. As a busy student, it’s important for me to have access to food that works for my budget as well as my health. Until now I was under the impression that Subway was the solution. Unfortunately, I will no longer be eating at Subway.
The reason I have chosen to boycott Subway is because I recently found out that the chickens in its supply chain endure horrific abuse and cruelty.
Chickens raised for Subway's supply chain spend the majority of their lives crammed inside filthy, windowless sheds by the tens of thousands. They are bred to grow grotesquely large at an unnaturally fast rate and are violently shackled, electrocuted, and slit at their throats while fully conscious. These abuses are not what you’d expect from a restaurant chain that prides itself on food quality, but they’re the sad reality for chickens raised for Subway’s supply chain.
Fortunately, several major restaurant chains have released comprehensive chicken welfare policies to address the myriad forms of cruelty to chickens in their supply chains. Some of these companies include Quiznos, Chipotle, Shake Shack, and Starbucks. Until Subway joins its competitors and commits to addressing the cruelty in its supply chain, I hope you will join me in boycotting Subway!
It’s time for Subway to release a policy to provide birds with more space and a clean, naturally lit environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods. Please, sign my petition and let Subway know that you won’t be dining with them until they adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in its supply chain.
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- VP Development
- VP Brand Voice
- EVP Franchise Development
- President Subway Development Easter PA
The majority of consumers agree: chickens deserve better than the abuse and cruelty that is standard practice on many farms, including the ones in Subway’s supply chain. Right now, chickens destined to be sold to Subway as meat are crammed by the hundreds of thousands inside filthy, windowless sheds and forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes. They are bred to grow unnaturally fast and often suffer from painful crippling, organ failure, and heart attacks. At the slaughterhouse, they are violently handled, painfully shocked, and cut open at the throat — often while still alive and able to feel pain.
This cruelty must stop! Until this issue is addressed, my family and I will no longer dine at Subway. We will instead visit restaurants that take animal welfare more seriously.
I am writing to ask that Subway institute and publicly release an animal welfare policy that ensures its supplier’s farms require all of the following by 2024 at the latest:
1. Ensure 100% of chicken is produced using the standards set forth by Global Animal Partnership which address the welfare issues related to fast growing breeds, environment (including lighting, litter, and enrichments) and stocking density.
2. Ensure all chickens in the supply system be processed in a manner that avoids live-dumping and live-shackling of birds, and instead utilizes a pre-shackle multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that’s widely hailed as less cruel.
3. Demonstrate compliance with the above standards via third party auditing.
These changes would prevent a great deal of egregious, needless animal suffering, and it is well within your company’s ability to make them. Please adopt a rigorous animal welfare policy immediately.
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