WALMART TO GO CAGE-FREE
CIWF Applauds Walmart’s commitment to 100% cage-free eggs
Walmart, the largest grocer in the US, announced today a commitment to switch to 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.
Walmart’s largest merchandising category is groceries. Consumers can expect this new policy to improve the lives of many millions of hens.
“The past six months has seen many cage-free egg announcements, but Walmart’s is the most influential with regard to laying hen welfare. We applaud Walmart for their progress and commitment to improve the lives of farm animal in their supply chain. As the largest retailer in the US, Walmart’s commitment will have firm ripple effects reaching far beyond our borders, particularly in the EU and Australia, for example, where retailers are starting to fall behind,” says Leah Garces, Compassion USA Director.
Although barren battery cages are outlawed in the EU, enriched cages are still legal. This groundswell of corporate commitment to phase-out cages for laying hens in the USA is a unique area where the US is beginning to exceed the EU in animal welfare standards.
CIWF is proud to partner with Walmart on this effort along with other animal protection groups like the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Since 2012 Compassion in World Farming has been involved, through the Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare, with benchmarking Walmart and other food businesses on a tiered scale based on their public farm animal welfare policies. Although Walmart was ranked less-than-favorably that first year, they have risen to Tier 3 in the most recent 2015 BBFAW report. Walmart continues to make meaningful strides toward ongoing improvement for farm animals.
In May 2015, Walmart published a position statement on farm animal welfare asking their suppliers to address concerns related to confinement and painful procedures including gestation crates for pigs, veal crates for calves, tail docking and castration, and battery cages for laying hens.
Garces continues, “Compassion in World Farming is pleased to see Walmart’s intention to take seriously the task of eliminating cages throughout their supply chain, and we will continue to work with them to ensure their deadline for 100% cage-free eggs is met or exceeded.”
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