CKE to adopt animal friendly policies

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CARPINTERIA, CALIF. — CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced it will implement several animal-welfare practices.

After discussions with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the company has agreed to immediately begin purchasing 15% of its pork from suppliers that do not use gestation crates and increase this number to 25% by 2009, purchase 2% of eggs from hens not confined to battery cages by July 1, 2008, and issue a statement to poultry suppliers stating that the company will "give consideration to approved suppliers who actively explore and test controlled-animal stunning systems, provided that the quality meets our strict standards and costs are competitive."

In addition, the company said it will use a third-party auditor to ensure the changes have taken place.

Last March, Burger King also agreed to implement similar policies after negotiations with PETA.

Given these initiatives, there has been increasing pressure on Wendy’s from animal welfare advocates to adopt similar standards.

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