Tim Hortons Calls for End of Gestation Crates for Sows

Tim Hortons, the largest publicly traded restaurant chain in Canada, has joined the ranks of McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's in their plans to phase out gestation crates for sows - narrow metal enclosures so small the animals can't even turn around, walk, or lie down comfortably. Momentum is quickly building as the largest food providers in the United States and now Canada are changing their policies one after the other, week after week, in order to keep up with their competitors and meet consumer demands.

"We believe there are better, more humane and sustainable housing systems that can improve the quality of animals' lives," said Paul House, president, CEO, and executive chairman of Tim Hortons Inc.

Confining pregnant pigs in metal gestation crates barely larger than their bodies for nearly their entire lives is one of the worst forms of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. Pigs are highly social animals whose intelligence, ability to communicate, and social structure have been well-documented. During their confinement in gestation crates, sows experience extreme stress, frustration, and depression, which increase with time and with each successive pregnancy.

While Mercy For Animals applauds Tim Hortons for taking this very important step to lessen the suffering of farmed animals, the best thing consumers can do to prevent unnecessary suffering is to adopt a kind and compassionate vegan lifestyle. For delicious recipes and instructional cooking videos, visit ChooseVeg.com.