World Animal Protection, a global animal welfare non-profit group, released its first “Quit Stalling Report.”
It finds that companies from quick-serve restaurants to hotel conglomerates are mostly failing to meet their commitments to end sow confinement.
From 2012 to 2015, many companies that sell pork set goals to end the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs and provide only gestation-crate-free pork.
Many companies, including Campbell’s, Kraft, and Heinz, typically set target dates to implement the change.
However, the group estimates that three out of four sows continue to spend most of their lives confined to gestation crates, with little space to move and even less to turn around.
World Animal Protection says the deadlines many of the companies set have long-since passed, with little attention paid to the missed dates.
Of the 56 companies included in the Quit Stalling Report, World Animal Protection says it’s especially concerned that almost 30 percent of companies no longer maintain the language in their published animal welfare policies or responsibility reports affirming their commitment to crate-free pork.
Just 29 percent of the companies are publicly reporting that they are making progress towards or have achieved full implementation of those animal welfare commitments.
Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service