Wednesday, February 27, 2008
YUM! Brands and Animal Welfare
After a little bit of research on Yum!'s website, I was able to come up with some good information on Yum!'s Animal Welfare policies. According to their website, "Yum! Brands is committed to the humane treatment of animals. (They are) the owner of restaurant companies and, as such, does not own, raise, or transport animals. However, as a major purchaser of food products, (Yum does) have the opportunity, and responsibility, to influence the way animals supplied to us are treated. We take that responsibility very seriously, and we are monitoring our suppliers on an ongoing basis to determine whether our suppliers are using humane procedures for caring for and handling animals they supply to us. As a consequence, it is our goal to only deal with suppliers who promise to maintain our high standards and share our commitment to animal welfare."
The largest commitment has come from the foundation of the Animal Welfare Council, which has the responsibility for monitoring Yum!'s animal welfare programs. As part of their guiding principles, Yum! states, "(We) believe treating animals humanely and with care is a key part of our quality assurance efforts. This means animals should be free from mistreatment at all possible times from how they are raised and cared for to how they are transported and processed. Our goal is to only deal with suppliers who provide an environment that is free from cruelty, abuse and neglect."
During 2007, the Animal Welfare Council met at least twice to audit organization documents and discuss ways to improve company policy.
Animal Welfare Program