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US: Walmart brings in 'groundbreaking' animal welfare policy

Date: 26 May 2015

Photo outside a WalMex store

Walmart has announced a new animal welfare policy for its entire supply chain which has won plaudits from campaign groups for its drive to be proactive in eliminating animal abuse. The policy covers the responsible use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, and aims overall to end many of the practices that have been most controversial, such as different forms of intensive livestock rearing.

Campaign group Mercy for Animals, which had targeted the company by taking video footage in the premises of some of its suppliers, said that the policy was "one of the most comprehensive animal welfare policies ever, signalling an important new era and direction for the company and marking a landmark day for the protection of farmed animals in America."

Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president of Walmart sustainability, said: "Walmart is committed to selling products that sustain people and the environment. We have listened to our customers, and are asking our suppliers to engage in improved reporting standards and transparency measures regarding the treatment of farm animals."

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