Our Policy & Practice

At Wendy’s, we take our role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously and this includes the humane treatment of animals. We believe it is our responsibility to expect all of our suppliers to exceed government regulations by meeting Wendy’s more exacting standards pertaining to the humane treatment of animals.

Wendy’s believes that the key elements to humane treatment of animals are supplier education, employee awareness, commitment by senior management and our own, ongoing verification of supplier practices. Studies have shown that humane animal handling methods not only prevent needless suffering, but can result in a better and safer working environment for workers in the farm and livestock industries.

Wendy's Antibiotic Use Policy

Wendy's Animal Welfare Audits

Wendy's Animal Welfare Priorities and Initiatives

Wendy's Priorities & Ongoing Initiatives

Proper Animal Handling:  We believe that handling animals in a humane manner, and preventing neglect or abuse, is the right thing to do.

Food Safety and Quality:  At Wendy’s "Quality is Our Recipe®." Our first priority has always been the safety and quality of our products. We know that handling animals properly helps keep the high integrity of our food.

Continuous Improvement:  To remain an industry leader in the area of animal welfare, we actively work with our suppliers to research, evaluate and implement advances in the science of animal handling and care.


One of Wendy’s chicken suppliers, O.K. Foods in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, has installed an innovative system that significantly improves the welfare of chickens. Called LAPS (low atmospheric pressure system), it produces permanent unconsciousness in the bird before any handling by plant workers. It also replaces the industry standard practice of electrical stunning of chickens.

Wendy’s has studied the LAPS system and agrees that it’s a major improvement to industry practices. Wendy’s is the first quick-service restaurant chain to embrace the LAPS system, and we encourage all chicken producers to embrace this practice.


Since 2007, Wendy’s has given preferential buying to those suppliers who adopt an ongoing plan to phase out single sow gestation stalls. As a result, an increasing portion of our pork supply has come from hogs not raised in gestation stalls.

In 2013, Wendy’s met on multiple occasions with pork industry representatives and outside experts to continue work towards our stated goal of sourcing only from gestation stall-free pork suppliers. As a part of this commitment, we now require every raw material and finished product supplier to submit quarterly progress reports that reflect the percentage of stall-free pork supplied to Wendy’s.

Additionally, as a result of recent announcements by two suppliers who currently make up the majority of our raw materials (pork) business, we are confident we will continue to make progress towards our goal of eliminating the use of sow gestation stalls in our supply chain by the end of 2022. We maintain our commitment of achieving gestation stall-free sourcing, and welcome the ongoing and expanded cooperation from our suppliers.