Our commitment to quality guides us in every area, and at Papa John’s International, we are committed to the humane treatment of animals. We value our relationship with our suppliers and our shared commitment to animal welfare. Although Papa John’s does not process, transport, own or raise animals, we encourage our suppliers to have the highest standards with respect to animal welfare.
Papa John’s International specifies that proper and humane animal welfare practices should be followed during every step of processing. It is also important that the safety and quality of the product not be affected by evidence of stress from poor stunning or treatment/handling practices. This is a prerequisite for engaging in business with our organization.
Our product specifications require that all suppliers comply with USDA regulations on the humane treatment of animals. We request that annual Animal Welfare audits are conducted by independent third party auditors, and that suppliers achieve an “Excellent” score. These audits will be reviewed during supplier visits by Papa John’s personnel. In addition, we encourage our suppliers to go beyond these requirements and investigate alternatives to current farming, transporting and processing practices that would result in higher quality animal care. Many of Papa John’s suppliers do not directly own, raise or transport live animals; therefore we require that all suppliers to Papa John’s also require that their suppliers comply with USDA regulations on the humane treatment of animals.
Papa John’s International is committed to reviewing our animal welfare policy regularly. As new information becomes available through scientific research, industry standards, and regulations, we will update our policy and work with our suppliers to ensure the highest standards are in place with respect to animal welfare.
We have consulted with our suppliers, and evaluated scientific and industry literature on this issue. We support the industry move away from traditional gestation crates and are encouraging our suppliers to explore alternative pregnant sow housing options. Our goal is to have significant movement to alternative housing by 2022, and we will seek suppliers who adopt a plan to implement this practice.