Subway's Chicken Welfare Policy: Fact or Fiction?

March 27, 2017

As part of The Humane League's 88% Campaign, we are asking companies to adopt meaningful policies for the welfare of chickens in their supply chain.

The concept of "meaningful" is important here. Many companies have stated welfare policies, but they fail to adhere to emerging standards for animal welfare in their specifics and/or their timeline.

Subway fits into this category. They have stated publicly that they have a welfare policy, and they do. However, it does not go far enough or fast enough, and it falls short of what is quickly becoming accepted in their industry.

Here's how Subway's policy fails the sniff test, and why we continue to actively pressure them for change:

  1. They plan to make improvements in the lives of chickens in their supply chain in the next 10 years or sooner. Other food companies have already committed to a deadline of 2024.

  2. The company has not published real commitments to transitioning to breeds of chickens approved by GAP (Global Animal Partnership) as higher welfare.

  3. While other companies have committed to tangible, measurable improvements in housing and environment, Subway isn't even at the starting line, as their suppliers are still in the research and evaluation stage.

Food companies like Quiznos have issued specific, detailed welfare policies that have teeth. They have stated timelines and standards that are measurable. Without similar commitments, Subway's policy is simply a hollow promise to improve.

And, we think chickens deserve more than promises.