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January 5, 2011

The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Sonic’s Animal Welfare Progress at Company’s Annual Meeting

Thursday, at the annual shareholder meeting for Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC), The Humane Society of the United States will applaud the company for its forward-thinking animal welfare policy.

An HSUS representative will attend the meeting on Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m., located at Sonic’s headquarters (300 Johnny Bench Drive in Oklahoma City).

In 2010, Sonic began phasing-in cage-free eggs and pork from suppliers that do not confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Sonic for its work improving conditions for animals in its supply chain,” stated Matthew Prescott, corporate outreach director for The HSUS’s factory farming campaign. “By starting to move away from suppliers that cram animals in cages and crates, Sonic has taken an important first step forward for animal welfare.”

Across the country, a national movement away from extreme confinement of farm animals has taken root: Subway, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Quiznos, Golden Corral, Sonic and Burger King are just some of the major restaurant chains that use cage-free eggs and/or gestation crate-free pork. Wal-Mart’s and Costco’s private labels only use cage-free eggs. And food manufacturers Unilever, Kraft, and Sara Lee are phasing-in cage-free eggs.

Seven states have outlawed one or both forms of confinement, and California also enacted a law requiring that all whole eggs sold statewide be cage-free by 2015. Seven states have passed laws banning gestation crates, as has the entire European Union.

Facts

  • U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in cages so small each bird has about as much space as a sheet of paper. Extensive scientific research confirms this causes suffering and threatens food safety.
  • Gestation crates are individual metal cages that confine breeding sows so tightly, they can barely move for their entire lives. An abundance of scientific research confirms that confining sows in gestation crates is detrimental to animal welfare.
  • Factory farming is a major social issue: A study by food industry consultancy Technomic ranked animal welfare as the third most-important social issue to restaurant patrons, and an American Farm Bureau-funded report found that 89 percent of Americans believe that food companies that require their suppliers to treat farm animals better are doing the right thing. 

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at humanesociety.org.

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