Our Policy & Practice

At Wendy’s, we take our role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously and this includes the humane treatment of animals. We believe it is our responsibility to expect all our suppliers to exceed government regulations by meeting Wendy’s more exacting standards pertaining to the humane treatment of animals.

Wendy’s believes that the key elements to humane treatment of animals are supplier education, employee awareness, commitment by senior management and our own, ongoing verification of supplier practices. Studies have shown that humane animal handling methods not only prevent needless suffering, but can result in a better and safer working environment for workers in the farm and livestock industries.

Wendy's Antibiotic Use Policy

Wendy's Animal Welfare Audits

Wendy's Animal Welfare Priorities and Initiatives

Wendy's Priorities & Ongoing Initiatives

Proper Animal Handling:  We believe that handling animals in a humane manner, and preventing neglect or abuse, is the right thing to do.

Food Safety and Quality:  At Wendy’s "Quality is Our Recipe®." Our first priority has always been the safety and quality of our products. We know that handling animals properly helps keep the high integrity of our food.

Continuous Improvement:  To remain an industry leader in the area of animal welfare, we actively work with our suppliers to research, evaluate and implement advances in the science of animal handling and care.


Wendy’s, along with our partners in the poultry industry, sincerely believe that all animals raised for food should be treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives. It is not only the right thing to do for the animals but is imperative to providing safe and wholesome food to our valued guests. Carefully formulated nutritional feed, access to clean water, adequate room to grow, professional veterinary care, and proper handling are all important considerations in our supplier selection process and our ongoing auditing program. To this end, we continue to explore with our suppliers the potential benefits of alternative housing opportunities and stunning methods.

As it relates to cage-free eggs, we have made the commitment that all eggs served at our breakfast locations will be sourced from a cage free environment by 2020.


Since 2007, Wendy’s has given preferential buying to those suppliers who adopt an ongoing plan to phase out single sow gestation stalls.

In 2013, Wendy’s met on multiple occasions with pork industry representatives and outside experts to continue work towards our stated goal of sourcing only from gestation stall-free pork suppliers. As a part of this commitment, we now require every raw material and finished product supplier to submit quarterly progress reports that reflect the percentage of stall-free pork supplied to Wendy’s.

Additionally, as a result of recent announcements by two suppliers who currently make up the majority of our raw materials (pork) business, we are confident we will continue to make progress towards our goal of eliminating the use of sow gestation stalls in our supply chain by the end of 2022. We maintain our commitment of achieving gestation stall-free sourcing, and welcome the ongoing and expanded cooperation from our suppliers.


Wendy’s is proud to serve fresh, never frozen North American beef in North American restaurants, which represent 95% of our total operational footprint.

In 2016, Wendy’s joined the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef which has a mission to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in beef sustainability through leadership, innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

The USRSB brings all areas of the supply chain to the table, beginning with the work the farmers and ranchers can do to make more positive impacts in their fields all the way to how the retailer sector can affect and enforce sustainable practices which are directly related to their direct suppliers and consumers.