SeaWorld changes food sourcing policy
Sept. 30, 2016
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
SeaWorld food suppliers will be required to commit to animal welfare standards.
ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced a new food sourcing policy that insists on humanely raised and sustainably harvested food at all 12 parks, including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place.
“We are committed to responsibly sourcing food for our guests and ambassador team members within our parks,” said SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment president and CEO Joel Manby. “This announcement builds on SeaWorld’s existing sustainable practice, and this new commitment fulfills goals established with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in March of this year.”
SeaWorld’s three new commitments are:
• By the end of 2016, SeaWorld will purchase all pork cuts, such as ribs and loins, from suppliers who have announced a commitment to humane farming practices like those who have published targets for conversion to group housing for sows.
• All eggs will be sourced from cage-free chickens by the end of 2017 – including shell and liquid eggs.
• The company is expanding park menus to include more plant-based options.
“As a company committed to conservation and the welfare of animals, we believe our food procurement can and should reflect a focus on the welfare of animals, a healthier planet, and healthier people,” said Chief Procurement Officer Norbert Dean.
SeaWorld has already implemented sourcing policies on seafood, which now must be supplied by sustainably managed fisheries or aquaculture.
The company has published its food sourcing policy at: SeaworldEntertainment.com.