KROGER PRESSED ON POULTRY SLAUGHTER METHODS
from one of its more activist shareholders to purchase poultry from suppliers who only use humane slaughter methods. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which owns 244 shares of the retailer's stock, has drafted a proposal calling on Kroger to adopt "controlled-atmosphere killing" for all poultry. This system uses inert gases to put chickens to sleep, and is more humane than traditional slaughter methods, PETA said. The animal-rights group said the procedure is already the industry standard in Europe, and could pay for itself within 18 months. A group spokesman said PETA will introduce a formal resolution urging the change at Kroger's annual shareholder's meeting in June.