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Denny’s Scores One for Animals

Written by PETA | August 5, 2011

“America’s diner” just got a little bit finer. Denny’s is now buying nearly all of its turkeys from a slaughterhouse that uses controlled atmosphere killing (CAK), the least cruel poultry slaughter method available.

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Denny’s positive step for animals came after PETA discussed with the chain how birds killed using CAK are put to sleep with a nonpoisonous gas, a process that is far less traumatic than traditional slaughter. These turkeys purchased by Denny’s will no longer be hung upside down by their legs in metal shackles and dragged through a stunning tank of electric water before having their throats cut while they are still conscious and able to feel pain. Those who miss the blade are killed by being dumped into scalding-hot water, meant to remove their feathers.

Denny’s joins Ruby Tuesday, Starbucks, Subway, Quiznos, Harris Teeter, and Winn-Dixie in beginning to source CAK poultry.

You can send Denny’s a quick thank-you for taking this important step that will reduce immense suffering for all the birds people have yet to stop eating or let restaurant personnel know in person when you stop in to try their yummy veggie burger.  

All right, McDonald’s, what are you waiting for?

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Animal luver says:

    I’m definately gonna start eating at Denny’s! Thank you for being responsible human beings!

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  • Olivia Schaber says:

    This is the Thank you I sent Denny’s 🙂 Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for using “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK) in the slaughter of your poultry. I am a proud vegetarian and have always encouraged a more peaceful way for American to get it’s meat and Denny’s is doing just that. I hope it can also include any beef and pork it serves too! Best, Olivia Schaber

  • WhitneyFair says:

    Thank you Denny’s for implementing the CAK system!

  • Isabelle Gosselin says:

    Thank you Dennys! We often look for one of your restaurant when we travel to the States because we know you have a veggie burger and we’ll sit in a real restaurant. Now it will be even nicer to be encouraging people who care for the turkeys they serve. Let’s hope it’s written somewhere on the menu so everybody will know and rejoice!

  • Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Thank you Denny’s for taking this large step to reduce terrible suffering to all food birds!

  • fjbaron says:

    Thank Sincerely Denny’s!! and thank you PETA!!

  • Bijou says:

    This is a huge step in the humane direction! However, I am not feeling good about killing any animal. However, it it a big improvement and thank you Denny’s for making a big difference!

  • char says:

    Thank you denny’s yes I will be trying that veggie burger tooo!!!!!!!

  • Another in Arms says:

    Yay! Now, if only we could ensure that they were raised in humane conditions… None of this “cage free” aka “let’s just pack them all into a warehouse and say they aren’t in cages” crap. That turkey in that picture? That looks like one happy turkey.

  • Mimiann says:

    Not feeling good about killing ANY animal, but this is an improvement (yes, vegetarian!). Can’t expect the whole world to go vegan overnight, me included, but this is a good sign for animal welfare.

  • marisa says:

    I was surprised to see that subway’s menu includes a veggie patty sandwich. However, I am a vegan and haven’t checked to see if they’re patties contain eggs as some veggie burgers do.

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for choosing CAK!!!!

  • AmyRoseSavage says:

    Thank you Denny’s for taking one step resulting in a big difference! You’re stopping so many needless painful slaughters! I know people like me aim for no-kill at all, but hey, this is a BIG step in the humane direction! So thanks! And I would LOVE to try your veggie burger! ~Amy <3