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Super Sonic Makes Important Decision to Help Animals

Written by PETA | January 15, 2010

Road trips remind me of a better decade, when poodle skirts and pompadours were in fashion. So when I’m on the open road, Elvis croons from my stereo and the iconic Sonic drive-thru diner is a must on the list of pit stops.

 

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And now I have another reason to cruise on up to Sonic besides its seriously addictive limeade. The company just agreed to begin purchasing eggs and to double the amount of meat it purchases from suppliers that use less cruel production methods. Under its new animal welfare policy, Sonic will take the following actions:

  • The company will urge its chicken suppliers to convert to “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK)—the less cruel method of bird slaughter—or will favor suppliers that convert to CAK systems.
  • It will begin phasing in the purchase of “cage-free” eggs from suppliers that don’t cram their hens into cages, and it plans to increase the percentage of “cage-free” eggs annually.
  • Sonic will double its purchase of “crate-free” pig meat from suppliers that don’t confine pregnant sows to cruel gestation crates that restrict nearly all movement.

With the new policy, Sonic adds its voice to those calling for less cruel slaughter methods that will prevent thousands of chickens from suffering broken bones and dying in scalding-hot defeathering tanks—and it will mean more humane living conditions for sows. The company has set an example that we hope other chains will follow. Of course, our offers to meet with execs from McDonald’s and KFC still stand.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • lisa says:

    call 1866oksonic and tell them thank you for a step in the right direction!!!!! and maybe advertise their commitment to using more humane animal products and adding veggie burgers. how hard is it to keep a few frozen boca burgers on hand?

  • Mercedes says:

    Although my options for eating at Sonic are still very small love there french fries and tater tots 3 my husband who I still eats meat blah loves Sonic! So I am very happy they are making some progress! Now how about adding a delish Soy Burger from Sonic then we would really be in business!!

  • tears_4_momo says:

    Its a small step but a step in the right direction. now only if they had vegan cheeseburgers on the menu thats an evin bigger step!

  • Kristine Vollmer says:

    If Sonic would cut the cute ads and instead advertise that they care about animals more than McDonalds and the others they could get a competitive edge and get the others to wake up.

  • Chelsie says:

    Actually Ralph it is a very big step towards ending killing the animals all together! We have to work at taking little steps to stop all the maddeness. If the people and supporters at PETA can convience some of the most popular fast food resturants to realize that they need to switch to CAK methods then I cannot see how this is hyopcritical in anyway it is a great step and less souls will be tortured before they are murdered to be consumed. It puts a lot of people more at ease with the fact that these animals are not being tourtured in the worst ways.

  • Riane Mantz says:

    I love it!! This has made my day I mean REALLY made my day. Well done Sonic!

  • Karreisse says:

    This is great! Sonic was already awesome those Fries and Grilled Cheese OH3 But now even the MEAT is a little less cruel. Good job Sonic!

  • Allyson says:

    Wow! That is great! I agree with you Lisa! Now if they would just get rid of those styrofoam cups!

  • abby says:

    Yay! I’m glad they’re trying to make a difference no matter how small. Now only if they could serve some vegan dishes so I could actually eat there…

  • Chelsea says:

    This is wonderful! Even though there aren’t many main options for me to eat from Sonic it’s a step forward. And I know that my friends who aren’t vegetarians will think it’s pretty awesome.

  • Jada Lombard says:

    Meat free is cruelty free..end of story. This news does not make me feel any better

  • Jay says:

    It’s not hypocritical it’s an important step and if vegan meals follow perfect!

  • Carressa says:

    “I think some of you are missing the point. No they don’t have vegan options and no they don’t have healthy foods. The point is they are taking a step in the right direction. The whole point of urging fast food to convert to CAK is a step but it isn’t the final step. Ideally people wouldn’t eat animals but you can’t go straight to “Hey go entirely Vegan” or NO ONE will listen. CAK is a step in a long process. Be thankful it’s started” Totally agree! Posted by Kristi January 15 2010 1208 PM ‘Can you explain to me how this is important in animal rights? The animals still die for the food being served at Sonic. Don’t you feel this is hypocritical to PETA’s cause?” Get a clue!

  • Adam Davis says:

    PETA is urging restaurants to use CAK because they know that they will never go meatless. And this is the most humane thing next to meatless.

  • Leah Walker says:

    I think some of you are missing the point. No they don’t have vegan options and no they don’t have healthy foods. The point is they are taking a step in the right direction. The whole point of urging fast food to convert to CAK is a step but it isn’t the final step. Ideally people wouldn’t eat animals but you can’t go straight to “Hey go entirely Vegan” or NO ONE will listen. CAK is a step in a long process. Be thankful it’s started.

  • klarasun says:

    That’s good news…hope Sonic tells it everywhere that people who have the option know why they go there. But it’s also ashaming that it’s allowed for the others to buy somewhere else what they still do and that the brutality in slaughterhouses is not prohibited by law.

  • Jay says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you !!!!!!!!!!!! Go McDonald’s KFC follow this example !!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick says:

    Awesome!!! I’m glad i eat there alot!!! i will eat there more and tell everyone.

  • pam says:

    Thank you Sonic! I don’t eat meat or eggs but appreciate the stand for a kinder nation!

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    I think is a great move for Sonic but they should also have some food for those of us that don’t eat any animal products that would be really awesome!

  • christy says:

    I am so glad to hear this! I have found it hard t give up meat completely and love the thought of getting chicken from a kinder slaughter method. I wish PETA would supply us with the names of chicken suppliers that we can look for in the grocery.

  • Laura Gabriel says:

    Yes good things. But they really need to honor those who don’t eat meat with a veggie burgerthere’s nothing there for us but sides and a kid’s grilled cheese. How will they get my husband’s business if they have nothing for me who doesn’t eat a thing on the menu?

  • Tom says:

    hopefully it won’t raise the prices too much. SOnic doesn’t use a lot of pork. But they do use a lot of eggs. I go for the chili dogs and the cherry limeades

  • Ralph says:

    This is a good move though it will cost people more long run. That said I’m not sure how many people who support PETA or are vegetarians would want to go there anyway. It’s heavy food and not many vegetarian options. The few there are they’re either a $1 banana or requesting the chicken be removed from the salads. BTW I live in an area that has Sonics and can safely vouch for the heaviness of the meals listed on the menu. You can just look at them and know they’re high in all three danger zones.

  • Jade says:

    Just wanted to clarify some things here. 1. Sonic is regional… and I don’t think they’re planning on expanding soon because they have lost money for some time. 2. For those wondering if the place is good? if you like greasy spoon food yes it’s good. No matter what you eat it’s pretty heavy food. If you prefer some more vegan and healthy alternatives even with the freerange change I’d say you’re better off eating elsewhere.

  • Laura says:

    Now if they would just ditch the styrofoam cups I’d be happy!

  • Lisa says:

    Good move but how about adding vegan options to their menus?

  • Fili chau says:

    Yeah!!!! Bring sonic here in stockton California!! Thus is such great news… Thanks PETA!!!!!!!

  • Nicole says:

    See. It’s not that hard to do. Hey McDonald’s and KFC get with the program.

  • jen says:

    how about making suggestions to places who comply with being cruelty free tht they offer meatless options as well such as veggie burgers?

  • Callie says:

    That’s awesome. Too bad Sonic has like NOTHING that’s suitable for a vegan to eat!

  • Ralph says:

    Can you explain to me how this is important in animal rights? The animals still die for the food being served at Sonic. Don’t you feel this is hypocritical to PETA’s cause?

  • Kristi says:

    This is fantastic! I wish more businesses would start doing this! I will definitely be eating at Sonic more often Bravo Sonic!