PoultryUSA - October 2017 - 24
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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The
Humane League, Animal Equality and World Animal
Protection, have been actively campaigning to get brands
to sign commitments.
In fact, HSUS has been tracking those promises and
has created an online list of welfare commitments.
Since those initial five foodservice providers have
made pledges, others have followed suit. So far in 2017,
fellow foodservice companies Guest Services, Creative
Dining Services, Unidine, Spectra, Southern Foodservice,
Genuine Foods, Whitsons Culinary Group, Metz Culinary
Group, Epicurean Feast, Opaa! Food Management and
Guckenheimer Enterprises have signed broiler welfare
pledges. All companies are vowing to complete the transition by 2024.
Hannah Thompson Weeman, vice president of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, says
those organizations have been investing a lot of resources
into convincing companies to adopt such policies. She believes so many foodservice companies have adopted those
policies because of campaigns from animal rights groups,
and that gearing that campaign toward foodservice providers is a "very strategic" move.
"There are fewer foodservice companies. They are bigger but they're fewer, so they were probably better able
to concentrate their pressure," she said. "As soon as they
get the big, major players to make those
pledges, all of the competitors are going to
Read more online: Broiler welfare: Who is
very quickly go down the same path, bebehind Global Animal Partnership?,
cause they don't want to be seen as behind
on this issue."
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