For more than 70 years, Cargill has focused on raising healthy animals with the highest levels of dignity and care. Decades of improvement in animal handling practices have made abusive practices the exception to the rule. However, alleged mistreatment of farm animals remains a hot-button issue for activists and a concern for consumers.
- Cargill believes the humane treatment and respectful handling of animals within our care is an ethical imperative and critical to our business success. We are proud to be recognized as an industry leader in animal welfare innovation.
- We ensure that animals under our care are raised in an environment that satisfies their physical, nutritional and health needs and that they are treated in a manner that provides comfort. We expect the same level of care for animals from suppliers.
- We do not tolerate abusive behavior directed at animals by employees, suppliers or others in our supply chains. Our programs comply with and often far exceed legal requirements.
- Non-governmental organizations view Cargill as a partner in mutual efforts to continuously improve animal welfare practices. We collaborate with leading independent animal welfare scientists such as Dr. Candace Croney, Dr. Ian Duncan and Dr. Temple Grandin.
Cargill has a record of leadership in animal welfare:
- Cargill is the only animal protein company that has auditors from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization in all of its North American processing facilities.
- We are the only turkey producer in the U.S. to educate and certify all of our contract growers on how to properly handle birds.
- We were the first major beef producer to introduce third-party remote video auditing of our animal welfare practices in all our North American production plants. We also lead the industry in third-party video auditing of our turkey and poultry processing facilities.
- Cargill is a founding member of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply, which commissioned first-of-its-kind commercial scale research to evaluate alternative options for hen housing.
- Before we sold our pork business in 2015, we led the industry in removing gestation stalls to house pregnant sows.
- Our poultry business in China was recognized in 2014 with China’s first animal welfare award by the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association, the China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
- Constantly improving animal welfare is not only the ethical thing to do, our customers also expect it from Cargill. They value our role in protecting the reputation of their brands.