The Humane Society of the United States is praising Dublin-based Wendy's for requiring quarterly progress reports from hog suppliers who move away from the use of gestation stalls.
Society spokesperson Josh Balk says the stalls confine pregnant and nursing sows in a manner that prevents them from turning around or taking a step backward or forward.
In 2007, Wendy's started giving preferential treatment to suppliers that adopted plans to phase out the stalls. In 2012, the fast-food chain committed to using suppliers who eliminate use of the stalls by the year 2022. Wendy's is one of many chains that have adopted animal-protection requirements for pork suppliers. But Balk says the pork industry has been slow to follow.
Ohio is one of nine states that prohibit the use of gestation stalls.