Tuesday, 9 September 2014

In Massive Shift, Nestlé Takes on Animal Cruelty (Op-Ed)

Matthew Prescott, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) | 
 September 09, 2014 12:12am ET

Matthew Prescott, food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights

In late August, Nestlé, the world's largest food company, rocked animal agribusiness when it teamed up with humane organizations to announce groundbreaking reforms in the way chickens, pigs, cows and other animals in its global supply chain will be treated. The company has a market capitalization of nearly a quarter-trillion dollars, and its message was clear: Factory farming has become too extreme, and something must be done about it. 

Nestlé's new policies address several practices, such as drugging and breeding chickens to grow too heavy, too fast, which leads to crippling injuries; mutilating animals by cutting their tails, horns and genitals off without pain relief; and locking egg-laying hens, veal calves and mother pigs in tiny cages for their entire lives.

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