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Retailer Under More Pressure on Welfare

by 5m Editor
18 June 2008, at 11:48am

UK - A celebrity chef's push to get Tesco to improve broiler welfare standards has received support from an influential corporate governance consultancy.

The Herald reports that corporate governance consultancy Pirc is backing the attempt by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to pressure Tesco into raising the welfare standards of its chickens.

Pirc will support a motion at the supermarket's annual meeting on 27 June calling on the retailer to set a firm deadline for upgrading poultry standards.

The consultancy commented, "We consider the resolution to be in line with Tesco's stated animal welfare policy commitment and believe the specific request does not represent an attempt to micro-manage the business."

Tesco's animal welfare policy endorses the approach of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, which sets out 'Five Freedoms' for animals including freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease and freedom to express normal behaviour, reports The Herald.

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