(LATIMES) — McDonald's Corp. says it wants its pork suppliers to start treating pregnant pigs better.
The fast-food giant said Monday that it is requiring suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out stalls like the one in the photo above that restrict the movement of pregnant pigs. It made the announcement in a joint statement with the Humane Society of the United States.
"There are alternatives that we think are better for sows," said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of the company's North America Supply Chain Management.
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The Humane Society called McDonald's decision a major victory in its fight to stop inhumane treatment of animals. The purveyor of the Sausage McMuffin is one of the largest customers of the pork industry.