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Winn-Dixie: New Animal Welfare Plan

by 5m Editor
21 July 2008, at 2:21pm

US - Five months after receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Winn-Dixie Stores has announced plans to improve farm and slaughter conditions for some chickens and pigs in its supply chain.

According to Jacksonville Business Journal, a PETA news release reports that the Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. plans to give purchasing preference to suppliers that use or switch to controlled-atmosphere killing.

The grocery chain will begin buying 5 per cent of its turkeys from suppliers that use this method by the end of 2010.

It will give purchasing preference to producers of cage-free eggs, increase the amount of cage-free eggs that it sells to 4 per cent by the end of 2009 and 5 per cent by the end of 2010, and work toward reaching 10 per cent within the next five years.

In response to Winn-Dixie's plan, PETA has withdrawn its shareholder proposal calling for a report on progress made toward improving animal welfare practices, which it had submitted for inclusion at the company's 2008 annual meeting.

View the Jacksonville Business Journal story by clicking here.

5m Editor