Activists from the animal rights association L214 will not demonstrate on Saturday in front of Popeyes restaurants as they had announced. The fast food fried chicken brand has announced that it is joining the European Chicken Commitment and thus strengthening its commitment to animal welfare
On Wednesday October 18, the animal rights association L214 threatened to demonstrate on Saturday October 21 in front of the 6 Popeyes restaurants located in France in Paris, Lyon, Brest and recently in Boé, near Agen. For L 214, the fast food fried chicken brand founded in New Orleans in 1972 did not apply all of the minimum criteria defined by the European Chicken Commitment (ECP) and did not guarantee an outdoor share for supplies to its restaurants.
Contacted on Wednesday, Popeyes did not wish to react directly and preferred to study the question. In a press release sent this Thursday, October 19 to our editorial staff, Popeyes ensures that it is strengthening its commitment to animal welfare and announces that it is joining the European Chicken Commitment.
An independent audit procedure
By joining the ECP, Popeyes explains that it is committed to ensuring that “100% of its chicken supply comes from farms and slaughterhouses that meet criteria”. They are as follows: comply with all animal welfare regulations; fewer chickens per square meter; switch to a slower-growing breed of chicken.
In addition, the chickens benefit from a better environment thanks to natural light, litter, perches, no cage or multi-level system and a slaughter method that is more respectful of the animal. At the same time, Popeyes guarantees compliance with these commitments through an independent audit procedure and the publication of an annual progress report.
A victory for L 214
Finally, still in this press release, Popeyes recalls that “100% of its poultry are born and raised in France and fed with 100% French cereals”. It ensures that it “works with committed and responsible breeders, whose farms are family-run and on a human scale. At the same time, it is committed to supporting the protection of breeders’ income”.
It is therefore a victory for L 214. Reached by telephone, the association for the defense of its animals indicates that it will not demonstrate on Saturday.