Ranking major food companies on their animal welfare performance
The Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard is the first annual report to rank food companies operating in Canada on their animal welfare progress. The report reveals how 40 major food companies are performing on key animal welfare issues and will help increase transparency and accountability by sharing results with the public and highlighting improvements over time.
Canadian consumers recognize that animals in our food system suffer at industrial farms and slaughter plants. Many food companies have responded to these concerns with public commitments to eliminating the most egregious practices affecting animals raised for food. These companies have set deadlines to phase out cruel confinement systems for egg-laying hens and mother pigs and implement standards that address the most pressing welfare issues affecting chickens raised for meat.
With deadlines approaching, the public expects these companies
to be making considerable progress toward their goals.
Companies are ranked on the basis of having the following public animal welfare commitments and whether they are publicly reporting percentage of progress toward policy implementation:
1. Better Chicken Commitment policy
2. Time-bound cage-free egg policy
3. Time-bound crate-free pork policy
Companies in the silver tier have two of the three policies and are publicly reporting percentage of progress toward sourcing cage-free eggs or crate-free pork.
Companies in the fourth tier have two or all three policies but are not publicly reporting any progress.
Companies in the sixth tier do not have any of the three policies but are publicly reporting percentage of progress.
• Costco 🇨🇦
🇨🇦 Indicates regional progress reporting in Canada. All other companies reporting progress are reporting in North America or globally.
The information is current as of September 2, 2021.
Millions of animals suffer at industrial farms in Canada as a result of conventional practices that lead to harmful animal welfare outcomes.
Chickens raised for meat are bred for rapid growth, which can cause immobility, heart disease, and organ failure. Kept in crowded, unsanitary conditions, many birds suffer ammonia burns and respiratory problems. They are often killed using live-shackle slaughter, a cruel method in which birds are shackled upside down by their legs while conscious and painfully shocked before being slashed at the throat and defeathered in scalding water.
Hens in the egg industry are confined in wire cages, unable to walk or spread their wings. Pregnant pigs are confined to narrow stalls that prevent them from stretching their legs or turning around. Extreme confinement prevents animals from engaging in many natural behaviours and results in chronic stress, injury, disease, and increased antibiotic use.
Tell the National Farm Animal Care Council to eliminate cages.
Across Europe and the United States, entire countries and states are legally banning cages for laying hens. Yet NFACC still promotes practices like using “enriched” cages.
By endorsing such cruel practices, NFACC is going against the latest in animal welfare science, public sentiment, and corporate animal welfare commitments to Canadian consumers.
Help hens in Canada by emailing NFACC and urging them to ban all cages.
Founded in 1999, Mercy For Animals is an international nonprofit dedicated to constructing a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We currently work in Brazil, Canada, India, Latin America, and the United States.
A single corporate animal welfare policy can reduce suffering for millions of animals each year by banning cruel practices common at industrial farms. Mercy For Animals’ corporate engagement work moves the biggest players in the food industry to adopt meaningful standards to protect farmed animals. We’ve helped secure more than 200 corporate animal welfare policies for Canadian brands.