One German supermarket chain introduced a broad supply-chain policy for animal welfare. It may be the most innovative in the world. Despite their positive effects on public health, Australia’s supermarket chains have been slow to adopt such measures.
Aldi Sud, one of two Aldi supermarket chains own by the Aldi family in Germany, announce a new purchasing policy that is tie to animal welfare. Aldi Sud customers will no longer find foie grass, rabbit meat, lobster or force-feeding ducks or geese in their stores.
Suppliers were ask to stop trimming the beaks of hens. The country of origin and the place where the meat was raised will be clearly indicated on labels for meat products.
Forward Looking Policies Chain
This policy applies to all non-food items such as textiles (no wool products involving muleing are allowed), clothing, shoes (leather alternative are preferred), cosmetics, and cleaning products. Aldi Sud will no longer sell fur and products made from protected species such as crocodiles or snakes.
This is also true for processed foods. For example, pasta and noodles can only contain organic, free-range, or barn-laid eggs. The same applies to baked goods.
It is preferable to use seafood products that are free from by-catch and protected animals. Aldi Sud prefers farmed fish to be raised in humane conditions.
The policy also encourages suppliers and other stakeholders to be more proactive in animal welfare. It encourages suppliers to be involve along with other stakeholders in the development and implementation of animal welfare standards, contribute towards non-animal research methods, and avoid animal experimentation.
Aldi Sud wrote in its new policy document (author’s translation of the original German). We are a responsible company and we must balance ecology, economic development, and preservation of natural resources.
Supermarkets In Australia Chain
Aldi Australia and other supermarket chains in Australia don’t exceed industry and regulatory standards and have a limited collection of animal welfare requirements.
The egg-laying chickens as well as marine animals are perhaps the most important aspects of major Australian supermarkets’ animal welfare programs. Coles brand eggs have been produce from cage-free chickens since January 2013. Woolworths plans to use non-cage eggs for its brand products and sell non-cage eggs only by December 2018.
Major Australian supermarket chains, Aldi Australia, Coles and Metcash (the major supplier to IGA supermarkets) have policies regarding seafood traceability or labelling. They all pledge to sustainable fishing.
Coles announced in January 2013 that it would no longer produce pork from sow stalls. Woolworths only sources fresh pork meat from farms where the stalls use for less than 10% during sows gestation periods.
Sow stalls, which use in factory farming, small barren crates that female pigs kept in during pregnancy. These cages are so small, the pig cannot move or turn around.
Aldi Australia, Woolworths, and Metcash reject animal testing when it is not legally require. However Coles and Metcash have no policies regarding animal testing.
Public Health Is A Concern
The most popular method of producing meat, eggs and milk is intensive animal farming. Lack of sunlight, cramped living areas, and food that is not traditional are all factors that can cause stress to the animals. This can affect their immune system.
Stressed animals are more susceptible to infection and are treat with antibiotics to treat illness as well as prevent future ones. Antibiotics can also be use to accelerate animal growth.
The widespread use of antibiotics in food-producing livestock has a negative effect on human health. This can also lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause infection in humans. This has resulted in antibiotics being less effective in treating human disease.
Although antibiotics may be a cost-saving measure for food-producing animals, they are not ideal for animal welfare and human health. Many consumers consider animal welfare and environmental sustainability important ethical issues.
Aldi Sud deserves to be commend for creating a supply-chain policy in animal welfare. That is more comprehensive than similar Australian policies. Although consumer pressure may have contributed to its growth. It is in everyone’s best interest to preserve the natural resources of life.