Denver’s Chipotle confronted over chicken
DENVER, Colorado ” An animal rights group has submitted a shareholder resolution urging Chipotle Mexican Grill to buy more from suppliers that use what is says is a less cruel form of poultry slaughter.
Chipotle said Wednesday that some of its suppliers are considering making the change.
PETA owns 65 shares of stock in the Denver-based, fast-casual restaurant chain.
It contends Chipotle uses chickens that are hung upside-down by their legs in metal shackles that break their bones before they are shocked with electrified current, have their throats slit while they are still conscious, and are dropped into tanks of scalding water.
The group’s shareholder resolution urges Chipotle to instead use suppliers who use “controlled-atmosphere killing,” or CAK, in which the birds’ breathing oxygen is slowly replaced with other gases.
PETA said it has been working on the issue behind the scenes with Chipotle since April, with little progress. It said Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Wendy’s give purchasing preference or consideration to suppliers that use CAK.
“We are encouraging our suppliers to investigate CAK and incorporating it into their protocols, and some are considering making that change,” Chipotle said in a written statement. “We continue to follow developments with CAK and will make a final determination when use of this practice is a more realistic possibility.”
One of Chipotle’s main philosophies is “Food With Integrity.” The chain said it has served about 40 million pounds of humanely raised meat this year from suppliers who meet standards of the Animal Welfare Institute and others.