Buffalo Wild Wings Supports Animal Cruelty
When it comes to animal welfare, Buffalo Wild Wings is the worst of the worst. While virtually every top restaurant chain is moving away from confining animals in small cages, Buffalo Wild Wings continues to source its eggs from cruel cage farms. Why is Buffalo Wild Wings so far behind?
Email the CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings now
Ms. Sally Smith,
I recently learned that Buffalo Wild Wings uses eggs in its supply chain that were sourced from cruel cage farms. This is unacceptable animal cruelty! Hundreds of companies have pledged to go 100% cage-free — why does Buffalo Wild Wings continue to drag its feet on this important issue?
I will not be stepping foot inside of a Buffalo Wild Wings and will instead visit the restaurants that are socially responsible. It is time to release a firm commitment to go 100% cage free. It is the right thing to do.
Even in the best-case scenario, each hen will spend the rest of her life crowded in a space about the size of a file drawer with four other hens, unable to lift even a single wing or perform other natural behaviors.
Egg-laying hens are forcefully shoved inside tiny wire cages, and on average, each caged laying hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space—less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper on which to live her entire life. This intense confinement is the main source for frustration, injuries, and in many cases death.
Hens use their beaks like we use our hands, as a way to feel and grasp. In order to offset compulsive picking, battery farms “debeak” hens, meaning they sear off the ends of their beaks with a hot machine blade once and sometimes twice during their lives. This causes severe, chronic pain and suffering researchers compare to human phantom limb and stump pain.
Because hens constantly reach their necks through the wire fencing to eat, rub against cagemates, and endure the process of force molting, they often lose the majority of their feathers during their lifetime. This leaves their naked bodies more prone to bruising and abrasions.
Like any animal, chickens are highly motivated to perform natural behaviors. These behaviors include nesting, perching, scratching, foraging, and exploring. Caged chickens are denied all of these natural behaviors, causing them severe distress and frustration.
Foot and claw damage are more frequent in cages than in other systems, with lesions, fissures, and twisted or broken claws resulting from stepping on sharp wiring every day. Often, other body parts are caught in the caging, which results in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and further feather wear.
In order to force hens into another laying period, producers starve them for four to fourteen days causing them to lose 25 to 30 percent of their body weight. Additionally, millions of hens become paralyzed and die of hunger and thirst.