PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is a Bob Evans shareholder and is expected to do a whole lot of howling at Monday’s Bob Evans Farms shareholder meeting.
PETA said Friday it plans to question executives at the meeting over the slaughterhouse practices of the restaurant company’s suppliers. The animal rights group bought 100 shares of Bob Evans stock a year ago with the intention of prodding the Columbus chain to require its suppliers make their farming and slaughterhouse practices more humane.
PETA wants Bob Evans (NASDAQ:BOBE) to move to a so-called controlled atmosphere killing of poultry, in which the birds are rendered unconscious by a nonpoisonous gas while still in transport crates. The group has criticized Bob Evans suppliers for using a slaughtering method that some quick-service chains, including Quiznos and Subway, have moved away from in favor of controlled atmosphere killing.
â€˜Bob Evans Farms could make a huge difference for the chickens and turkeys who end up in its meals,â€™ PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. â€˜More and more consumers are taking animal welfare into consideration when making restaurant choices, so the best thing that any business can do is to take action to reduce animal abuse.â€™
A Bob Evans spokeswoman couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Friday, but the company typically doesn’t talk publicly about discussions with shareholders. When PETA bought its stake in Bob Evans, the company stood by an animal well-being policy that is governed by a council of academic officials.