SeaWorld changes food sourcing policy

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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.

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By Randolph Janssen 10/1/2016 10:26:23 AM
National animal rights groups like the HSUS, PETA and the ASPCA have become urban concentrated vegan cults. They raise millions of dollars by pretending to take care of dogs and cats, then spend it on attacks on any use of animals in our society such as agriculture, zoos, circuses, aquariums and hunting. Local shelters complain about their aggressive fund raising sucking up all the money, so animals go wanting. ALL THREE HAVE CONCOCTED STORIES ABOUT ANIMAL ABUSE. They have little or no experience with the animals they claim to protect and either misconstrue legitimate animal husbandry or take isolated instances of animal cruelty and say they are the norm. Their goal is to stop hunting by increments, passing laws against individual methods of hunting or shorten hunting seasons. They get away with this because of the urban population of the US is separated from its food production and livestock or wild animals. The country has become a society of small pet owners who view livestock the same as small lap dogs. If these groups have their way, primates will have the same rights as humans and meat eating will be outlawed. Ed Sayers a former head of the ASPCA, complains about the tactics of animal rights movement in an article called “Vigilante Animal Rights”. Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, are passing laws and even constitutional amendments against the HSUS. Ohio and Arizona are passing laws that restrict cities from passing laws against pet stores that sell breeders animals. According to Bloomberg Financial Reports, their attack on food production is already causing an increase in cost. Because of this, poor people are suing to stop a HSUS sponsored law in Massachusetts. So unless you want to end up paying $10.00 a doz. for eggs, $20.00 a lb. for bacon $30.00 a lb. for chicken and $50.00 a lb. for beef, don't support these groups.