PETA Strikes on California Pizza Kitchen

A protest from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA was commenced on California Pizza Kitchen’s first street outlet in Denver spearheaded by its co-founder and president Ingrid Newkirk who recently had a controversial nude photo in support of the group’s advocacy.

In a press release by the activist group, it showed a video of the pizza chain’s methods of dehorning cows which includes burning the cow’s horn buds, use of hot irons among others.

According to PETA’s website, hornless cows are the standard in the beef industry thus, dehorning should be removed as this is a cruel practice. Despite sharing this information with California Pizza Kitchen, the pizza chain has not acted upon it and still continues this cruel act. The animal rights group has already requested the pizza chain’s consumers to force the pizza company to only have their cheese harvested only from naturally hornless cows.

The company which has over 260 locations in the US alone has not been very vocal on how it obtains its ingredients. However, the pizza company’s website reiterates that its suppliers’ methods of producing ingredients for the company may change without prior notice also citing differences of products among suppliers in different regions. It has also included a statement in which it cannot guarantee an animal free item on its menu due to its kitchen operations within the company that involves shared cooking thus making unnecessary contact with other foods in production or, if necessary, a change of ingredients may be selected as an alternative choice for orders in the menu.

The company though has an offering for vegans as its extensive menu of vegetarian foods even explains in detail its different types and what type food suits them. But until it changes its methods of obtaining cheese from cows, PETA would not order even a single slice from the pizza chain.

Posted by Diane Araga, on August 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM