Many global food brands failing on animal welfare, report says


Barbara Smith, FoodDive

April 1, 2021


Dive Brief:


·         According to a new Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) Report from World Animal Protection and Compassion in World Farming, many food companies are not doing enough to prioritize animal welfare. The report looks at 150 global companies to assess how they are acting on promises concerning animal welfare, including easing confinement, eliminating beak trimming on egg-laying hens and tail docking for pigs, and not tethering dairy cattle. 

·         The 2020 report found that 59 food brands provide little or no information on their animal welfare policies and 31 have no framework. Among U.S.-based companies, Mondelez International, General Mills, Conagra, Mars and Hershey ranked in Tier 5 of the 2020 report, meaning they have public plans regarding animal welfare but have failed to demonstrate that they’ve acted on them. Cargill was the only U.S. company in Tier 2, which means animal welfare is “integral to [its] business strategy.” (No U.S. companies made it into Tier 1, which is considered to be leaders in the industry.)

·         As consumers' interest in ethical treatment of animals grows, this report may encourage companies to change their business practices or be more transparent about their animal welfare commitments. It shows progress has been slow in recent years, and the industry has plenty of room to improve.


Dive Insight:


While the 2020 BBFAW report offered sobering news about the state of animal welfare commitments in the food industry, it also showed that 23 global food companies improved by at least one tier...


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