1909 Taverne Moderne has failed to publicly adopt a commitment prohibiting the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain. At typical factory farms, chickens are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that many can’t support their own bodies, causing constant, severe leg pain and lameness. As a result, they spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste, leading to extreme feather loss, thigh sores and scabs, and painful lesions on their bodies and feet.

While dozens of leading food companies, such as Tim Hortons, Burger King, and Starbucks, have pledged to prevent this suffering in their supply chains, 1909 Taverne Moderne has failed to publicly adopt an effective animal welfare policy that addresses this unconscionable abuse.

Typical Factory Farm Practices

Living in Darkness

Chickens are crammed together and kept in near darkness for their entire lives. Many will not see sunlight until the day they are killed.

Bred to Suffer

Chickens are artificially bred to grow so unnaturally fast they often suffer from debilitating leg pain and organ failure.

Sitting in Waste

Birds spend most of their lives sitting in old litter soaked with feces and urine, resulting in painful sores and respiratory problems.

Killed While Conscious

At the end of their lives, chickens are violently shackled upside down and have their throats cut—all while fully conscious.

Cruelty Critics

Explore the Hidden Lives of Chickens

Chickens are sensitive and intelligent animals with advanced cognitive abilities that rival those of dogs, cats, and even some primates. Studies show that chickens excel at complex mental tasks, can learn from watching each other, and are even able to pass down information from one generation to the next.

Chickens are very social animals who can form deep and meaningful friendships with other birds. Some birds are outgoing and gregarious, while others are more shy and reserved. But all chickens put family first, giving rise to the term “mother hen” to refer to particularly protective parents.

The communication skills of chickens are highly sophisticated and begin developing at an early age. Mother hens will cluck to their chicks while they are still in their eggs, and the unborn chicks will chirp back at them. Researchers know of at least 30 types of vocalizations that chickens make to mean very different things.

The best way for individual consumers to help end this cruelty is to leave animals off their plates.