Nestle, the corporate food giant, recently vowed to improve animal welfare standards in its dealings with global suppliers.
Much to the relief of consumers and animal rights activists, new corporate standards will bar the company from dealing with suppliers who raise farm animals inhumanely. Unacceptable treatment includes force-feeding animals growth hormones, raising animals in confined stalls or cages, and dehorning cattle without anesthesia.
This new era of corporate responsibility comes after Mercy for Animals (MFA) investigated mistreatment of dairy cows at a Wisconsin supplier for DiGiorno Pizza, one of Nestle’s subsidiaries. Workers were seen punching, kicking and even stabbing cows at the facility. This incident prompted meetings between MFA and the corporation, which led to the new standards. Furthermore, Nestle’s suppliers will be subject to independent audits conducted by Swiss company SGS in conjunction with the World Animal Protection organization.
Nestle’s announcement is considered a major victory for those seeking to improve animal welfare, but it’s only the beginning. Matt Rice, from MFA, is looking to focus on other big food retailers like Walmart.
Nowadays consumers want to know where their food comes from. They are concerned not only about its quality and nutrition, but also whether or not it’s ethically sourced and produced. In today’s digitally advanced age, this information is increasingly shared and viewed as important. As food activist, Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, said, “It’s a food revolution.” It’s a revolution for animal welfare, too.
Photo: Animals Australia, Chicago Tribune
Nestle will no longer deal with suppliers who treat their animals inhumanely.