Subway’s Historic Commitment to Chickens
After nearly two years of campaigning by Animal Equality and other members of the Open Wing Alliance, the world’s largest restaurant franchise, Subway, has pledged to improve chicken welfare in its supply chains by adopting the European Chicken Commitment (ECC). The ECC requires companies to implement a set of welfare standards for chickens raised for meat, including ending the use of chickens who have been selectively bred to grow to an unnaturally large size at an extremely fast rate, and who are particularly prone to painful injuries and heart attacks as a result. The lives of approximately 50 million chickens will be impacted by this work.
A Monumental Policy Achievement
In what was the most impactful cage-free policy ever secured, Animal Equality and a coalition of more than 75 non-profits persuaded Yum! Brands to adopt a global cage-free egg policy. Including popular chains KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, this public commitment will affect nearly 50,000 locations in 150 countries, which is the largest number of locations ever impacted by a single cage-free policy. Most of these locations will transition by 2026, with a global target of completion by 2030. Yum! Brands also agreed to provide annual progress reporting to ensure transparency.