Two animal rights organizations formed the Business Benchmark for on Farm Animal Welfare to measure corporate practices.
Only four were judged good enough to win “leadership” designation; 12, including Maple Leaf and Cargill, have made “animal welfare an integral part of business strategy”.
The two animal rights groups are Compassion for World Farming and Four PAWS.
In the Benchmark report they write:
“We want to end factory farming and change the food system in a sustainable way through three important strategic interventions.
“First, we want to see a significant reduction in the number of animals farmed for food – aiming for at least a 50 per cent reduction by 2040 globally.
Second, we want to make sure that animals who (sic) are still farmed for food experience positive welfare states.
Third, we strive to replace animal-based products with plant-based alternatives.
The four leading companies picked by Benchmark are all in England. They are Marks and Spencer, Noble Foods, Premier Foods and Waitrose.
You have to wonder why Maple Leaf Foods boasts about recognition by critics who aim to reduce animal agriculture by 50 per cent.