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Jack in the Box Releases Promising Statement, Plan to End Crates for Pigs

Jack in the Box is making progress on its plans to eliminate gestation crates for pregnant pigs in its supply chain. But while this restaurant chain is taking a step forward, one of its competitors is falling further behind.
December 12, 2023 Updated: January 29, 2024
Pig looking at the camera

American fast food chain Jack in the Box has released a promising statement that it is on track to fulfill its roadmap toward ending the use of crates for pregnant pigs. After working with its suppliers, the company posted its commitment to its website, confirming that it is working with its suppliers to meet its 2026 deadline:

  • By the end of 2024, 25% of its supply will be sourced from “open pen” environments;
  • By the end of 2025, 50% will come from “open pen” environments;
  • All–or “substantially all”–of the supply will be sourced from “open pen” environments by the end of 2026.
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Photo representation of pig in a gestation crate

Animal Equality has been in talks with Jack in the Box about its policy for pigs. Its confirmation that it is on track to meet its commitment is a positive and concrete step toward protecting pregnant pigs from some of the cruelest farming practices.

Though Animal Equality is fully committed to ending animal cruelty, policies like Jack in the Box’s help create meaningful protections for animals currently in our food system. Without policies like this, cows, pigs and chickens will suffer even more than they already are at the hands of the meat industry.

–Sharon Núñez, President of Animal Equality

One company moves forward while another falls behind

While Jack in the Box makes progress for animals, other companies in its sector are falling behind. An iconic diner-style restaurant chain, Denny’s, continues to ignore consumers who are concerned about pregnant pigs in its supply chain.

Mother pigs in Denny’s supply chain are confined to cages barely larger than their own bodies. For most of their lives, they are unable to turn around or take more than a step forward.

Animal Equality’s campaign against Denny’s has included nationwide protests and more than 53,000 messages to leadership from consumers. Instead of responding to these concerns, the son of a Denny’s executive was photographed giving peaceful protesters the middle finger.

Denny’s disregard for animals is a shocking display of corporate greed. Companies like Denny’s have a responsibility to listen to its consumers, who have remained unwavering in their support of pregnant pigs.

–Sharon Núñez, President of Animal Equality

Lend your voice to pregnant pigs

  1. Don’t stay silent like Denny’s! Comment or respond to Denny’s social media posts, letting the company know your thoughts on their failed promise: Facebook I Instagram I Twitter.
  2. Call your local Denny’s and voice your concerns. Ask them to join other industry giants in taking significant steps for mother pigs. 
  3. Email board members and share your concerns for pigs trapped in Denny’s supply chain. 

Ready to take a stand for animals every day? Start at your dinner table!

Simply replace bacon, sausage, and other pig meats with wholesome, refreshing plant proteins. Not only will you fuel the fight against Denny’s, but you’ll send a message to the entire factory farming industry.

Piglet in a factory farm


Pigs, cows, and other animals feel pain and deserve to be protected from abuse.

You can protect these intelligent animals by simply choosing plant‑based alternatives.

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