Chipotle announces support of HSUS
Posted on May 11th, 2010
Down the Dusty Lane
By Kyle Sharp
OK, survey time ... how many of you like eating at Chipotle?
I’ll admit, I enjoy the occasional Chipotle burrito myself, although I often somehow felt dirty after eating one. Why? Because of the information Chipotle distributes on their Web site and in their restaurants about how they source the meat they use. I have no problem with them using all naturally raised pork and chicken, and 50% naturally raised beef, if that is what they choose to do. It’s their habit of slandering conventional American agriculture in the process that doesn’t sit so well.
On the Chipotle Web site, the company touts the idea of making "Food With Integrity.” The site states: "Food With Integrity is a philosophy solidly based on a foundation of not exploiting animals, the environment or people.”
The not-so-hidden message there is that most U.S. farmers, those that produce more than 95% of the meat and animal products produced in this country, apparently do exploit animals, the environment and people.
But here is the final straw. Just two days before writing this column, I got an e-mail saying Chipotle was endorsing the Ohio efforts of HSUS to hijack the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and obliterate Ohio agriculture via the overly restrictive, non-scientific initiative they are hoping to put on the November ballot. I had to see for myself, so I went to the effort’s Web site, www.ohiohumane.com, and sure enough. There, listed under business endorsements is Chipotle and their more than 100 locations in Ohio. Read More
Chipotle has decided publicly endorse the activities of the Humane Society of the United States. All of you know what they means, we get to publicly state our intention to never support a Chipotle restaurant ever again. Just a reminder, if you choose to leave a comment on their Facebook page or anywhere else, it’s best to tell your personal story and please leave out the name calling.