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·         New animal welfare standards for Nestle suppliers

… The agreement marks the first time a major food company has formed an international partnership with an animal welfare non-government organization…

 

·         Nestle makes animal welfare pledge after dairy cow abuse

·         Mercy For Animals Commends Nestle For Sweeping Animal Welfare Changes Following Graphic Undercover Video

 

 

 

New animal welfare standards for Nestle suppliers

 

By Cheryl Day - Feedstuffs

Aug 21, 2014

 

Following an agreement with the World Animal Protection, Nestlé has announced that the 7,300 farms that supply it with meat, poultry, and eggs will now have to comply with sterner animal welfare standards.

 

The agreement marks the first time a major food company has formed an international partnership with an animal welfare non-government organization.

 

Upon the advisement of the World Animal Protection, Nestlé improved its “Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guidelines” and further tightened the animal welfare requirements that all its farms must adhere to as part of the company’s supplier code.

 

The new standards outline new spacing prerequisites for livestock production systems and guidelines to minimize pain for animals.

 

As stated in the sourcing guideline, “The physical environment should allow comfortable resting, safe and comfortable movement including normal postural changes, and the opportunity to perform types of natural behavior that animals are motivated to perform.”

 

Furthermore, “Social grouping of animals should be managed to allow positive social behavior and minimize injury, distress and chronic fear.”

 

All suppliers are subjected to farm assessments from an independent auditor, SGS, commissioned by Nestlé.  In 2014, several hundred farms assessments have already been completed…

 

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Nestle makes animal welfare pledge after dairy cow abuse

 

By Ellen Jean Hirst - Chicago Tribune

Aug 21, 2014

 

After cutting ties last year with a Wisconsin supplier that was documented abusing dairy cows, Nestle announced today sweeping reforms to improve the welfare of farm animals in its supply chain.

 

Nestle, one of the world’s largest food companies based in Switzerland, said it has signed a partnership agreement with World Animal Protection, which means all 7,300 of the company’s suppliers of animal-derived products will have to comply with the organization’s tougher animal welfare standards. Nestle makes Jack's, DiGiorno and Tombstone pizza brands as well as Hot Pockets and Lean Cuisine.

 

Mercy for Animals uncovered the dairy cow abuse in an undercover investigation in which an employee secretly took the video on behalf of Mercy for Animals at the Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis., between Oct. 4 and Nov. 15 last year. The video captured employees beating and stabbing cows as well as dragging them with farm equipment.

 

The farm had supplied milk to Nestle’s Northbrook-based pizza division...

 

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Mercy For Animals Commends Nestle For Sweeping Animal Welfare Changes Following Graphic Undercover Video

After Exposing Horrific Animal Abuse at a Nestle Supplier, Mercy For Animals Praises Food Company Giant for Comprehensive, Industry-Leading Animal Welfare Policy Reform

 

SOURCE Mercy For Animals

via PR Newswire/Sys-Con Media - August 21, 2014

 

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle, the world's largest food company, has announced its commitment to improving farmed animal welfare across its entire global supply chain — covering over 90 countries — in what may be the most comprehensive and far-reaching animal welfare policy of its kind. The announcement follows the release of hidden-camera video taken by Mercy For Animals at a Nestle dairy supplier in Wisconsin showing workers viciously kicking, beating, and stabbing cows and dragging "downed" cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains attached to tractors.

 

Citing the need for continuous improvement in animal welfare, Nestle has announced it will eliminate many of the cruelest forms of institutionalized animal abuse from its supply chain, including an end to the practices of tail docking and dehorning of dairy cattle, an end to the castration of piglets without painkillers, and the phase-out of growth promoters for poultry. The mega company has also committed to ending the intensive confinement of baby calves in veal crates, pregnant pigs in gestation crates, and egg-laying hens in battery cages.

 

The following statement can be attributed to Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy For Animals:

 

"Mercy For Animals praises Nestle for stepping up to the plate to improve the lives of farmed animals on a global level. We are heartened that Nestle not only took notice, but also took action, after egregious cruelty was exposed at one of its dairy suppliers. Nestle's new industry-leading policy will reduce the suffering of millions of animals each year and hopefully inspire other food providers to implement and enforce similar animal welfare requirements.

 

"While there is still work to be done, Nestle's new policy represents the most sweeping animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major food distributor. We hope that the rest of the food industry will follow Nestle's lead in prohibiting the cruel confinement of animals in cages barely larger than their bodies, mutilations without painkillers, and other inhumane practices.

 

"With Nestle's announcement, it's never been clearer that the days are numbered for many of the factory farming industry's cruelest practices. It's now time for Walmart, McDonald's, and others to stop dragging their feet and use their power and influence to reduce the needless pain and suffering animals endure on factory farms."

 

To learn more about Mercy For Animals' undercover investigations, please visit www.MercyForAnimals.org

 

SOURCE Mercy For AnimalsLOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle, the world's largest food company, has announced its commitment to improving farmed animal welfare across its entire global supply chain — covering over 90 countries — in what may be the most comprehensive and far-reaching animal welfare policy of its kind. The announcement follows the release of hidden-camera video taken by Mercy For Animals at a Nestle dairy supplier in Wisconsin showing workers viciously kicking, beating, and stabbing cows and dragging "downed" cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains attached to tractors.

 

Citing the need for continuous improvement in animal welfare, Nestle has announced it will eliminate many of the cruelest forms of institutionalized animal abuse from its supply chain, including an end to the practices of tail docking and dehorning of dairy cattle, an end to the castration of piglets without painkillers, and the phase-out of growth promoters for poultry. The mega company has also committed to ending the intensive confinement of baby calves in veal crates, pregnant pigs in gestation crates, and egg-laying hens in battery cages.

 

The following statement can be attributed to Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy For Animals:

 

"Mercy For Animals praises Nestle for stepping up to the plate to improve the lives of farmed animals on a global level. We are heartened that Nestle not only took notice, but also took action, after egregious cruelty was exposed at one of its dairy suppliers. Nestle's new industry-leading policy will reduce the suffering of millions of animals each year and hopefully inspire other food providers to implement and enforce similar animal welfare requirements.

 

"While there is still work to be done, Nestle's new policy represents the most sweeping animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major food distributor. We hope that the rest of the food industry will follow Nestle's lead in prohibiting the cruel confinement of animals in cages barely larger than their bodies, mutilations without painkillers, and other inhumane practices.

 

"With Nestle's announcement, it's never been clearer that the days are numbered for many of the factory farming industry's cruelest practices. It's now time for Walmart, McDonald's, and others to stop dragging their feet and use their power and influence to reduce the needless pain and suffering animals endure on factory farms."

 

To learn more about Mercy For Animals' undercover investigations, please visit www.MercyForAnimals.org

 

SOURCE Mercy For Animals

 

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