Animal Welfare Has a Place at Wolfgang Puck's Table

Nation's largest animal protection organization applauds chef Wolfgang Puck

for implementing landmark animal welfare improvements

Mar 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Humane Society of the United States

    WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Wolfgang Puck
 Companies have implemented an historic animal welfare program that's the
 first of its kind. The Humane Society of the United States applauded
 Wolfgang Puck's nine-point program aimed at raising the bar on farm animal
 treatment and curbing many of the worst cruelties associated with factory
 farming. These new standards cover all Wolfgang Puck lines of business
 including fine dining group restaurants, express franchises, catering and
 events, and consumer products.
     "The HSUS commends Wolfgang Puck, his chefs, and his entire executive
 team for their ushering in of these historic animal welfare reforms. This
 voluntary program-the most far-reaching and comprehensive we have yet seen
 in the restaurant industry-will improve the lives of countless farm
 animals," stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Wolfgang
 Puck's policies send a strong message to the agribusiness industry that it
 needs to start phasing out its most abusive practices."
     Master chef and company owner Wolfgang Puck stated, "I have regularly
 spent weekends at my local farmers markets and farms, getting to know my
 vendors, their animals and their animal treatment programs. As my companies
 have grown much bigger, we must now develop formal policies to maintain our
 exacting standards. I want to be certain that only animals who are able to
 freely engage in natural behaviors are used to provide the products for our
 tables. If consumers could see how abused these animals can be, they would
 demand change."
     Wolfgang Puck's nine-point program, created in conjunction with The
 HSUS and Farm Sanctuary, will be fully implemented for all Wolfgang Puck
 companies, starting with the 14 fine dining restaurants, by the end of
 2007. The nine points include the following:
     1. Wolfgang Puck has now eliminated foie gras from the menu of all of its
     dining establishments. Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks or
     geese to the point where their livers swell up to ten times their normal
     2. Wolfgang Puck will not use eggs from laying hens confined in battery
     cages. Caged laying hens are kept in such restrictive conditions, they
     cannot even spread their wings.
     3. Wolfgang Puck will not serve pork from producers who confine breeding
     sows in gestation crates. These cruel devices restrict animals from even
     turning around or performing many of their other behaviors for nearly
     their entire lives.
     4. Wolfgang Puck will not serve veal from producers that confine their
     calves in individual veal crates. This inhumane intensive confinement
     practice prevents calves from even turning around or walking for months on
     5. Wolfgang Puck will feature delicious vegetarian options on its menus,
     as many consumers who want to eat well and humanely look for these
     6. Wolfgang Puck will feature Certified Organic selections on its menus,
     as many consumers concerned for their environment and health look for
     these options.
     7. Wolfgang Puck will send a letter to the companies' chicken and turkey
     meat suppliers indicating its interest in Controlled Atmosphere Killing, a
     slaughter method involving dramatically less suffering than typical
     8. Wolfgang Puck will only serve chicken and turkey meat from farms that
     are third-party-audited for compliance with progressive animal welfare
     9. Wolfgang Puck will only serve certified sustainable seafood.
     The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal
 protection organization-backed by 10 million Americans, or one of every 30.
 For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection
 of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs.
 Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty-On the web at
     Erin Williams, 301-721-6446,

SOURCE The Humane Society of the United States