March 28, 2007 / 5:04 AM / 12 years ago

Burger King changes policy on animals: paper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Burger King Holdings Inc. said it will begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers who do not confine their animals in cages and crates, according to a report in The New York Times.

The company said it will also favor suppliers of chickens that use gas, or “controlled-atmospheric stunning,” rather than electric shocks to knock birds unconscious before slaughter, the Times said.

The goal for the next few months, Burger King said in the Times, is for 2 percent of its eggs to be “cage free,” and for 10 percent of its pork to come from farms that allow sows to move around inside pens, rather than being confined to crates.

The company said in the Times that those percentages would rise as more farmers shift to these methods and more competitively priced supplies become available.

A representative from Burger King was not immediately available for comment.

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