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The most critical issues are: welfare outcomes resulting from fast-growing chickens, environments in the facilities that house chickens, the space allotted to each chicken, and the manner in which chickens are slaughtered. To address each of these issues, using standards aligned with the new requirements of the Global Animal Partnership’s standard for broiler chickens, Chipotle will work to achieve the following goals by 2024 or sooner:
Improved breeding. Transition to strains of birds bred for measurably improved welfare outcomes.
Providing more space. Provide animals with more space by reducing maximum stocking density to 6 lbs. per square foot.
Living conditions. Provide chickens with housing that includes improved lighting, litter and floor enrichments that allow chickens to express natural behaviors.
Slaughter. Process chickens in a manner that utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system.
Suppliers will also be required to demonstrate compliance with these standards via audits by Chipotle’s internal Animal Welfare team as well as third party auditors.
“This is one more step forward for Chipotle, and one giant leap for chickens,” said
“Chipotle is continuing to walk the talk on animal welfare. We applaud the company and their chicken suppliers for leading the way in a commitment that will improve the lives of more farmed animals than any other food business to date,” said
“Chipotle has long been at the forefront of animal welfare issues and enlightened sourcing for our restaurants, and we’re proud of our commitment to the evolution of our already high standards for chicken,” added
Additional information about Chipotle’s chicken protocols is available at Chipotle.com/chicken-welfare.
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