Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty, Tropical Smoothie Cafe!

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During this horrific pandemic, I have fully embraced ordering food “to-go.” One of my favorite places to order from—and one that was already kind of set up perfectly for this new takeout culture—is Tropical Smoothie Cafe. In fact, Tropical is based right near me in Atlanta, so there are a ton of locations here. I’m mostly into their smoothies, but they’ve got lots of food too. The thing is, I recently found out that Tropical Smoothie supports extreme animal cruelty by refusing to set proper animal welfare standards for the chicken it uses on its menu.

Additionally, the company has continually refused to answer questions that customers, like me, have about its chicken standards. I don’t know why Tropical Smoothie won’t listen to its customers or do the ethical thing. But here’s what I do know:

  • Currently, chickens raised for Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s supply chains live a life of pure torture. 
  • They are bred to grow at an alarmingly unnatural rate, which causes leg deformities, organ failure, and heart attacks in these baby birds. 
  • Each flock, which consists of tens of thousands of birds, are kept in dirty, windowless sheds.
  • They are forced to live in their own waste with ammonia levels so concentrated that many suffer from chemical burns. 
  • When these birds are brought to slaughter, they are violently shackled upside down. Their throats are then slit, often while they’re still conscious.

But Tropical Smoothie has the opportunity to vastly improve the lives of the chickens it uses for the meat on its menu by adopting the Better Chicken Commitment, a comprehensive set of welfare reforms that address the worst abuses suffered by chickens on today’s farms. Over 200 companies have already signed on to this commitment, including one of Tropical Smoothie’s main competitors, Jamba Juice.

Consumers across the globe are demanding more transparency about the sources of their food—especially with regard to animal welfare. In response, restaurants, from Jamba Juice to Saladworks to White Castle are stepping up to the plate and committing to doing better. Why isn’t Tropical Smoothie Cafe?

Let’s convince a business that is actually thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic to do the right thing and adopt the Better Chicken Commitment!