November 18, 2013
Cracker Barrel Shareholders Vote to Support Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Pork Supply Chain
Restaurant Chain’s Stockholders Pass Proposal Commending Company’s Animal Welfare Work
Shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL) voted to support the restaurant outlet’s recently-adopted policy to eliminate gestation crates—small cages used to virtually immobilize breeding pigs for months on end—from its pork supply chain.
The proposal, submitted by The Humane Society of the United States, represented the first time in American history that stockholders of a corporation have utilized the shareholder resolution process to offer a company praise for its corporate responsibility work.
As confirmed in the company’s latest quarterly report, released today, the proposal passed overwhelmingly with more than 96 percent of shareholders voting in its favor.
Cracker Barrel, based in Lebanon-Tenn., has more than 600 restaurants in 40 states.
“That shareholders of an iconic middle-America restaurant chain like Cracker Barrel have expressed support for getting pigs out of gestation crates is further evidence that these cruel cages’ days are numbered,” said Matthew Prescott, food policy director for The HSUS. “We applaud both Cracker Barrel and its shareholders for supporting a shift away from this inhumane confinement of animals.”
Cracker Barrel is one of nearly 60 major food companies that has pledged to end gestation crate usage in their supply chains, with McDonald’s, Costco, Oscar Mayer, and dozens of others putting similar requirements on their suppliers. Following this pressure, the National Pork Board recently reported that a majority of pork producers are in the process of switching to alternative housing methods that afford pigs greater freedom of movement. Meanwhile, many humane and sustainable farmers nationwide do not use gestation crates.
A copy of The HSUS’s shareholder proposal is available upon request.
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