Chipotle Goes Pork-Free, For You

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Recently, over 600 Chipotle restaurants, about a third of its outlets across the United States, stopped serving one of its popular items Pork Carnitas. The reason the hugely successful fast food chain has given will make you clap for them. Because part of its supply chain had failed to meet its animal husbandry standards, Chipotle removed the item from its menu and suspended a supplier for violating its values. Rarely does a restaurant take such potentially reputation-harming and expensive (pulling Pork Carnitas indefinitely will cost Chipotle a lot of money) yet amazing decision just to protect its commitment to “finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers”.

Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill, told the Associated Press that the company learned about the violation through a routine audit and did not know when pork would return to its affected restaurants.

“This is fundamentally an animal welfare decision, and is rooted in our unwillingness to compromise our standards where animal welfare is concerned. The issues are mostly related to violations for the housing of pigs. Chipotle demands that suppliers raise the animals in humane conditions with access to the outdoors instead of tight pens,” Arnold told ABC News adding, “The standards for all of our ‘Responsibly Raised’ meats are very high, but the differences in animal welfare are greatest with pork. Given these stark differences, serving pork from conventionally raised pigs is not an option to us”.

According to its website, as part of its ‘Food With Integrity’ program, Chipotle chooses meat from pigs that are naturally raised, without antibiotics and are fed a vegetarian diet, effectively meaning the restaurant uses sustainable and ethically sourced animal and vegetable products to prepare its food items.

Pigs eat rotten food and drink urine, corpses and even cancerous growths. Since a pig digests its food in approximately 4 hours, these toxins are stored in its fat cells. Pig is a healthy meat only if consumed from a humanely raised pastured hog. Sadly, nearly all pigs raised in the US come from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, which are toxic breeding grounds for pathogens.

Chipotle has set an example, will other fast food chains follow suit?


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18 COMMENTS

  1. This is how it should all be done! and this is how my family raised their animals. Not only is the animal and environment healthier but the meat is far better.

        • In the HISTORY of the world, who has KILLED maximum INNOCENT human beings?

          1) “Hitler” Do you know who he was He was a Christian, but media will never call Christians terrorists.
          2) “Joseph Stalin called as Uncle Joe”.He has killed 20 million human beings including 14.5 million were starved to death.Was he a Muslim?
          3) “Mao Tse Tsung (China)”He has killed 14 to 20 million human beings.Was he a Muslim?
          4) “Benito Mussolini (Italy)”He has killed 400 thousand human beings. Was he a Muslim?
          5) “Ashoka” In Kalinga Battle He has killed 100 thousand human beings.Was he a Muslim?
          6) Embargo put by George Bush in Iraq,1/2 million children has been killed in Iraq alone!!! Imagine these people are never called terrorists by the media.Why today the majority of the non-muslims are afraid by hearing the words “JIHAD”. Jihad is an Arabic word which comes from root Arabic word “JAHADA” which means “TO STRIVE” or “TO STRUGGLE” against evil and for justice. It does not mean killing innocents.The difference is we stand against evil, not with evil”.You still think that ISLAM is the problem?

          1. The First World War, 17 million dead(caused by non-Muslim).
          2. The Second World War, 50-55 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).
          3. Nagasaki atomic bombs 200000 dead(caused by non-Muslim).
          4. The War in Vietnam, over 5 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).
          5. The War in Bosnia/Kosovo, over 5,00,000 dead (caused by non-Muslim).
          6. The War in Iraq (so far) 12,000,000 deaths(caused by non-Muslim).
          7. Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Burma etc (caused by non-Muslim).
          8. In Cambodia 1975-1979, almost 3 million deaths (caused by non-Muslim).
          “MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTSANDTERRORISTS ARE NOT MUSLIMS.”Please remove first double standards on Killings.

    • And when exactly was the last time you ever heard a Muslim organisation demand (hell, even request) that pork be removed from a restaurants menu?

      What’s that? Never?

      • Nice summary of history, but you out some important facts by not going back far enough. When the Arabian armies came out of the Arabian peninsula after the creation if Islam, they killed and enslaved tens of millions over the reign of the Islamic expansion which nearly took western Europe and probably would have if not for the crusades. Some scholars have put the figure at close to 200 million over the decades they would attack spain and other countries whilst each new ruler would exert their newfound piety by ordering deaths in india and the whole sub continent. This killing wasn’t in retaliation for any wrong against the society just an expansionist ideal and Power. So go cry me a river about double standards maybe your imaginary friend can help you out. Personally as an atheist the antagonism and hate that is spread in the name of(ALL)religion far out weighs any benefit that is derived from their existence.

  2. Good on them .The public would support a company like this.There should be more of it.At last a company that sticks to it`s rules and regulations and feels for the animals Can`t give them any more Praise.

  3. Chipotle, you just earned my business and I will make everyone I know is told of the moral, honest actions your company has taken instead of feeding us bad meat and making the profit you took the right road which in the future will no doubt double your clientele

  4. Chipotle is not even good! Why the hell would people eat there. Good for them putting a stand, but again why eat here? It has no real flavor, not authentic Mexican food,overpriced shitty food, and they suck at making the food.

  5. This makes me smile. I wasn’t aware of this policy from Chipotle. As a lover of all living things, I wish more companies had respect for living, conscious beings. If it’s capable of fear and pain, it’s deserving of some level of respect.

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