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Subway is the fast food chain with the most stores worldwide. It promises its many customers that the foods it is offering are of high quality and were produced sustainably and with high ethical standards. However, the exact opposite is the case. The chickens that end up in Subway’s sandwiches and salads have lived and died under excruciating conditions. #SubwayEatCruelty

In Subway’s more than 42,000 franchise restaurants, chicken is being sold on a daily basis. The chickens raised to produce this meat have previously suffered due to their extremely fast growth and weight gain, living in cramped sheds and experiencing life-long boredom in these confined spaces, as well as having to endure stressful stunning procedures prior to slaughter, which cannot guarantee a painless death. Sadly, European laws are completely inadequate and do not protect the animals sufficiently.

In order to reduce the worst problems in the broiler chicken industry, almost 30 European animal protection groups formulated the criteria of the European Chicken Commitment. More than 300 companies from the USA and Europe have already committed themselves to fulfill the criteria.

Our alliance partners have already convinced Subway to raise its animal welfare standards in the USA and Canada in 2017. In Europe, the company has avoided making a concrete statement for the past three years. It is now time that Subway kept its promise of ethical and sustainable production and finally agreed to implement higher animal welfare standards.

Details on the criteria of the European Chicken Commitment and the participating organizations can be found here.

News

16.07.2020

Campaign relaunches after months of Corona break

In December 2019, our alliance started a European-wide campaign in which we called on Subway, the largest fast food chain in the world, to increase its animal welfare standards for chickens raised for meat, so-called broiler chickens. In spring of this year, due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and the associated restrictions for the food service industry, we decided to pause our campaign until the situation returned to normal. During that time, we tried our best to reach an agreement with the European management of the fast food restaurant, but this has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Considering that the food service industry has been able to resume its operations in large parts of Europe and that Subway has a well-established delivery service, we have now decided to relaunch the campaign.

We are organizing an Europe-wide online protest week on various social media platforms from July 22 - 29.

However, we will not be targeting restaurant owners directly this time but instead the European offices of the sandwich giant. Therefore, our alliance will not organize any protests in front of Subway stores for the time being.

Why we are protesting

We are protesting against Subway because every day the stores associated with this chain sell meat from chickens that have lived and died under excruciating conditions.

European laws do not protect the animals sufficiently, causing them to suffer from health issues due to overbreeding and close confinement in filthy conditions. Chickens destined for Subway are also subjected to stressful stunning procedures prior to slaughter, which cannot guarantee a painless death.

In addition, it has recently again become brutally clear that cheap, cruel meat production also comes at a high cost for our health, the climate and our environment. This makes it ever more important that companies as large and influential as Subway take responsibility now and prioritize the issue of animal welfare.

The European Chicken Commitment is a step in the right direction. It aims to alleviate the problems mentioned above as much as possible, whilst aiming to keep the extra costs that higher animal welfare standards entail manageable for companies. More than 300 companies worldwide have already committed to increasing their animal welfare standards according to the requirements of the European Chicken Commitment. Subway USA and Canada already made the commitment back in 2017.

This is why we are calling on Subway to no longer resist practicable changes and finally commit to establishing higher animal welfare standards in Europe as well.
Participating organizations

Albert Schweitzer Foundation

Albert Schweitzer Foundation

Our foundation is named after Albert Schweitzer whose guiding principle – Reverence for Life – we are committed to. Our vision is the abolition of factory farming and we advocate for a widespread adoption of the vegan lifestyle. We also approach our vision through intermediate steps by continuously raising animal welfare standards and reducing the consumption of animal products.

https://albertschweitzerfoundation.org/

Anima Denmark

Anima Denmark

Anima is working to end animal cruelty. One of our top priorities is to change the chicken industry by motivating companies to implement better animal welfare policies. It’s high time that Subway step up on this matter.

https://www.anima.dk

Animal

Animal

ANIMAL is an animal rights NGO founded in 1994. We develop educational campaigns and public information on non-human animals, their characteristics, needs, interests and fundamental rights. In addition to these educational actions, ANIMAL also develops awareness and protest campaigns, special investigations and public complaints, public relations work and lawsuits. ANIMAL's work has a strong strand in political lobbying, being an important force in contact with authorities and policy makers in order to promote the advancement of respect for animal rights and their legislative protection.

https://www.animal.org.pt

Animal Equality Germany

Animal Equality Germany is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. We are a team of committed and passionate advocates dedicated to creating a more compassionate world for animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals are protected and respected.

https://www.animalequality.de

Animal Equality Italia

Animal Equality Italia is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. We are a team of committed and passionate advocates dedicated to creating a more compassionate world for animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals are protected and respected.

https://www.animalequality.it

Animal Equality UK

Animal Equality UK is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. We are a team of committed and passionate advocates dedicated to creating a more compassionate world for animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals are protected and respected.

https://www.animalequality.org.uk

CAAI - Campaigns and Activism for Animals in the Industry

Our mission is to eliminate as much of the suffering of as many animals as possible. We strive to promote a positive attitude towards all animals and bring about systemic social change by raising awareness through investigations, informational campaigns, and public discussions.

https://www.caai.bg

Djurens Rätt

Djurens Rätt, founded in 1882, is Sweden's largest animal rights- and animal welfare organization with close to 50,000 members. Djurens Rätt combines political lobbying and corporate relations with educating the public. Via Social Media the organization reaches around 2 million users on a weekly basis.

https://www.djurensratt.se

Dyrenes Alliance

Dyrenes Alliance is an organization for and of young people who are fighting for a more just world for all animals.

https://www.dyrenesalliance.dk

Een DIER Een VRIEND

Een DIER Een VRIEND (the Netherlands) works on creating a society in which animals can live freely and in an animal-friendly environment. Our ultimate goal is to end all animal suffering. We primarily focus on campaigning for animal welfare and rights and organising vegan events to promote an animal-friendly lifestyle.

http://www.diervriendelijk.nl

Freedom and Respect to Every Earthling (F.R.E.E.)

Freedom and respect for Every Earthling (F.R.E.E.) is a Romanian nonprofit organization working towards creating a better world for animals, a world where they have the right to their own body and life, where they are treated with dignity and respect. Our values are nonviolence, justice, honesty, fairness, kindness, and a desire to become better people, by educating ourselves and others.

https://www.freeanimals.ro

Fundacja Alberta Schweitzera

Albert Schweitzer Foundation in Poland is a nonprofit organization, which conducts corporate outreach campaigns encouraging companies to adopt cage-free policies, make broiler chicken and fish welfare commitments and encourage people to try a plant-based lifestyle by providing a vegan campaign called "Vegan Taste Week".

https://www.schweitzer.pl

GAIA - Global Action in the Interest of Animals

GAIA - Global Action in the Interest of Animals

GAIA, or Global Action in the Interest of Animals, unites defenders of animal welfare and advocates for animal rights in Belgium. We believe animals should be treated with respect and deserve a decent life. We work towards building a human–animal relationship of humanity and justice. We are currently the biggest animal welfare organisation in Belgium with 75,000 members.

http://www.gaia.be

Igualdad Animal

Igualdad Animal from Spain is an international organisation working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. We are a team of committed and passionate advocates dedicated to creating a more compassionate world for animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals are protected and respected.

https://www.igualdadanimal.org

Nähtamatud Loomad

We believe every animal has a right to live a life free of suffering. That’s why we work hard towards the goal of getting hens out of tiny cages, introducing plant based food to people, banning cruel fur farms and much more.

https://www.nahtamatudloomad.ee

Oikeutta eläimille

Oikeutta eläimille is an animal rights group from Finland. The organization works to expose the cruelty of industrial animal agriculture and fur farming and to promote animal friendly lifestyle choices.

https://www.oikeuttaelaimille.fi

Open Cages

Open Cages believes in a future free from animal suffering. As part of Anima International, we create change in the UK through exposing animal cruelty, influencing retail standards and pushing for legal progress.

https://wwww.opencages.org

Otwarte Klatki

Otwarte Klatki (Open Cages) is the polish non-profit organization focused on farmed animals. As a member of Anima International and international coalitions, we use decades of experience and the available evidence to increase the impact of our work. Everything we do aims to reduce the suffering of animals to the greatest extent and in the most effective way possible.

https://www.otwarteklatki.pl

Pan-Hellenic Animal Welfare Federation

Pan-Hellenic Animal Welfare Federation (PFO) works to protect animals from abuse and ensure that their treatment for every intent and purpose is carried out with respect, care and compassion. Our advocacy work includes political lobbying, legal actions and campaigns to upgrade the status of animals, reduce animal suffering and have the welfare of animals included in public policies and companies’ CSR.

http://www.pfo.gr
https://www.cagefreegreece.org

The Humane League UK

The Humane League UK works relentlessly to end the abuse of animals raised for food. Focusing campaigns on the major food industries and businesses that profit from animal cruelty, exposing the reality of how animals are treated, and applying public pressure to secure change.

https://www.thehumaneleague.org.uk