Wingstop: Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty

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I think everyone can agree that Texas loves its chicken wings. But I also think Texans would agree that we take pride in what we do and expect others to do the same. So recently, when I heard about the animal cruelty taking place at the chicken suppliers used by Wingstop, a large chicken wing restaurant headquartered right here in Texas, I was mortified. I thought, “this isn’t the way we do things here.”

I felt deceived when I read on Wingstop’s website that “Treating animals well is important to our guests and our company...We value suppliers that take a continuous improvement approach to animal welfare, and we consider that in making our sourcing decisions.” After doing some research, I realized that Wingstop was saying one thing and doing something very, very different.

Currently, chickens raised for Wingstop’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 Wingstop 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, and I believe that Wingstop should join!

Consumers across the globe are demanding more transparency about the sources of their food—especially with regard to animal welfare. In response, restaurants, from Burger King to TGI Fridays to White Castle are stepping up to the plate and committing to doing better. 

I hope you will join me in urging Wingstop to keep moving in the right direction for its customers, the animals in its supply chain, and the planet—and to do a better job at representing Texas.

Wingstop: please adopt the Better Chicken Commitment!