Walmart's Animal Welfare Policy Among Worst For Major Companies: Report

MUMBAI, INDIA: Vice-chairman of Wal-Mart stores, one of the world's largest retail chains, Mike Duke talks to the media durin
MUMBAI, INDIA: Vice-chairman of Wal-Mart stores, one of the world's largest retail chains, Mike Duke talks to the media during a walk-about in a mall in Mumbai, 22 February 2007. Duke and a four-member team toured several of India's retail shopping malls along Mumbai's northern suburbs, accompanied by high security. In hushed talks, he met officials of Bharti Enterprises, one of the country's top private telephone firms and with whom a preliminary deal was signed late 2006 to start a countrywide store chain run under a Wal-Mart franchise. AFP PHOTO/ Sajjad HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Walmart is among the worst big companies when it comes to making sure that the animals it sells are well treated, according to a new report from the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare. The report ranks Walmart in the lowest tier and claims animal welfare is not on Walmart's business agenda.

The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, a research and advocacy group aiming to improve animal welfare standards, ranked companies based on their governance, management commitment and innovation on animal welfare. Unilever, the maker of Dove and Slim-Fast, was ranked highly by the study, which commends its practice of requiring suppliers to adhere to standards around sustainable agriculture.

Walmart did not immediately respond to an email from The Huffington Post requesting comment.

The report comes as food producers are still reeling from the horse meat scandal rocking Europe. Companies, including a British arm of Walmart, have admitted to finding horse DNA in products labeled as "beef," which they received from far-flung suppliers.

Other popular American food brands fare better on the animal welfare ranking, but still not well. The report ranks Kraft Foods, Nestle, Starbucks and Yum! (the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants) in the second-to-lowest tier.

More than 70 percent of big global companies covered by the study view farm animal welfare as a business issue, but only one-quarter of them have published goals related to it, according to the study.



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