25 Apr '12, 8pm

Burger King

Burger King

It appears the bulk of Burger King's pork is currently being served at breakfast, but there are plans in the works for a pulled pork sandwich from the chain. (Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.) As of today, Burger King is calling itself the “first U.S. national chain to pledge cage-free pork and eggs .” Never heard of “cage-free pork”? Neither had I. In fact, I’m guessing that the PR executives at Burger King may have invented it. There are cage-free eggs, yes. That term refers to eggs from chickens that are raised outside of tiny battery cages (the industry standard), but are still in confinement. As the AP article makes clear, Burger King is referring to pork raised without gestation crates — a practice of confining pregnant sows to spaces roughly the width of their own bodies that has long been considered the worst of the worst when it comes to animal husbandry. So yes, the pi...

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