MMI Dining Systems is using the internationally recognized “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare as an aspiration for animal welfare in our supply chain:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst – by providing ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from Discomfort – by providing appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease – by ensuring prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Animal Welfare in Action
As a step in our continual process for improved animal welfare, we’re taking the following actions:
- Eggs: We will transition to exclusively cage-free eggs, including all our shell and liquid egg purchasing, by 2024, or earlier as adequate supplies become available. (As of November 30, 2020, 39% of MMI’s shell and liquid egg usage is cage-free.)
- Pork: We’ll work with our suppliers to source exclusively gestation crate-free pork by 2024 or earlier. We’ll also work with our suppliers to prevent painful castration of piglets and the eventual elimination of tail docking.
- Veal: We only use veal from operations that use group housing (no crates) for calves raised for veal.
- Dairy/Beef: All milk which we purchase is free of antibiotics and artificial hormones. Additionally, we have worked with our suppliers to provide pain relief for disbudding and castration procedures, and to eventually eliminate tail docking and dehorning.
- Broiler Chickens: By 2024, we will source only chickens certified by Global Animal Partnership (GAP) and require all chickens to be processed in a manner that avoids live-dumping and live-shackling and instead utilizes a pre-shackle, multi-step controlled atmosphere processing system that is widely regarded as more humane.
- Plant-based meals: We’ll work with our properties to offer a greater selection of delicious plant-based meals that appeal to meat eaters and vegetarians alike.