Nestlé—the world’s largest food company and makers of iconic brands—such as Nestlé Milkmaid and MAGGI—announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate several controversial yet standard practices within its global supply system.
Particularly, Nestlé’s new policy states that it will eliminate practices like confining pigs in gestation crates, calves in veal crates and egg-laying hens in cages; the forced rapid growth of chickens used for meat products; and cutting the horns, tails and genitals off farm animals without painkiller.
Humane Society International applauded the announcement.
“We thank Nestle for taking a stand against inhumane factory farming practices,” said N.G. Jayasimha, director of HSI India. “Cruelly confining animals in cages for their entire lives, castrating or removing their tails or horns without painkiller and breeding them in a way that compromises their welfare is simply unacceptable.”
Nestlé is also encouraging food sustainability by promoting the global Meatless Monday movement via on-package messaging for some of its products.
Nestlé’s policy follows dialogue with animal protection organizations including The Humane Society of the United States (HSI’s sister organization), Mercy For Animals and World Animal Protection.
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