Seven companies have teamed up to form the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), with Néstle, Unilever and Ikea Food Services being three of the companies involved. The aim of the coalition is to provide advance standards of animal welfare in the food chain. Aramrk, Compass Group, Elior Group and Sodexo are the other companies working in the coalition.
Statistics from the GCAW show that 70 billion animals each year are farmed for human consumption and over 70 per cent of these animals are from intensive farming practices, which often mean there are poor welfare standards.
Members of the GCAW have established five goals to face the problem of low welfare standards. This includes: improved broiler chicken welfare (chickens raised for meat), cage-free policies, antimicrobial resistance, farmed fish welfare and global standards for transportation and slaughter.
In a statement about the coalition, the GCAW said that the international food chain “must maintain high levels of food safety for animal ingredients, address challenges like antimicrobial resistance and mitigate the environmental impact of new approaches.”
There will be three strategies put in place by the GCAW in order to improve animal welfare. Members will supply “a platform for food companies to work more closely with farm animal welfare experts to identify common objectives and drive improvements.”
The coalition hopes to have a published agenda by the first half of 2019 in order to follow through on the five goals set out by the GCAW.