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Nestlé takes important steps to improve animal welfare

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Swiss food giant, Nestlé announced new policies designed to improve the treatment of animals on farms associated with their suppliers. They’ve partnered with NGO, World Animal Protection. This partnership will bring more than 7,300 farms in line not only with current animal welfare regulations, but also with new tighter regulations conceived and developed by Neslte and WAP.

The beauty of the pledge by Nestlé is that it not only affects their direct suppliers, but also those who supply to those farms. The chain must be in line with Nestlé’s and WAP policies.

According to FoodMag.com, some of the guideline changes include “specification of spacing requirements for the rearing pens of cows and pigs to ensure that they are not cramped. The guidelines will also minimize pain for farm animals by using veterinary practices that reduce pain, while some practices will be completely avoided in the first place by using different animal husbandry practices.”

To monitor that these new regulations will be implemented and maintained, independent auditor, SGS, will conduct inspections to verify that suppliers are up to standards. If they fail in fully implementing the new guidelines, Nestlé will work with them to bring them up to code. If a supplier fails to cooperate, then that supplier will no longer be a Nestlé supplier.

Some might argue that this is not enough. Indeed, Nestlé might even agree, but it’s a step in the right direction. Nestlé joins the ranks of other food companies dedicated to improving animal welfare like Ben & Jerry’s and Chipotle. The more big name companies who make the decision to work only with animal-friendly farms, the better. And the response from consumers is key, so be sure to support your animal-friendly food suppliers.

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