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02 December 2007

Marks & Spencer wins top award for animal welfare

Marks & Spencer was named Compassionate Supermarket 2007 last night at an award ceremony in London by leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming.

Marks & Spencer has led the way in raising the standards of animal welfare across UK supermarkets. For ten years it has sold only free range eggs and more recently stopped selling white veal and next year is committed to only selling rosé veal.

Steve Esom, Director of Food, Marks & Spencer said:  “High animal welfare is at the heart of our business so it’s fantastic news that our efforts have been recognised by Compassion in World Farming. 

“In 1997 M&S led the way when it switched to only selling free range eggs. Ten years on we are still making industry leading commitments to further improve animal welfare standards, not least the recent move to ban imported white veal and reduce the stocking density of our chickens.”


Background to the Awards

  • The survey, conducted every two years, looks at the animal welfare policies of the major UK food retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Morrisons, Coop and Somerfield. 
  • The survey measures and awards the supermarkets’ policies and performance on key farm animal welfare issues. These include the rearing, slaughter and transportation of beef and dairy cattle, poultry, pigs and fish.
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