WSPA applauds Sobeys and Chef Jamie Oliver for progressive steps for animal welfare

Sep 14, 2013, 08:00 ET from World Society for the Protection of Animals

Canada's second largest grocery chain becomes the first major retailer to introduce Certified Humane ® meat.

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) applauds Sobeys, in partnership with Chef Jamie Oliver, for being the first major retailer to offer Certified Humane ® chicken, pork and beef across Canada.

"Canadians want to buy meat from animals that are raised, transported and slaughtered humanely," says WSPA Canada Executive Director Josey Kitson. "This decision means consumers will be able to buy chicken, pork and beef that come from farms meeting Certified Humane ® standards in Sobeys' stores across Canada" she says.

The standards were developed by a team of veterinarians and animal welfare scientists that included Dr. Michael Appelby, WSPA's Chief Scientific Advisor. Under these standards, animals cannot be kept in cages, crates or tethered and they cannot be given antibiotics for growth promotion. There are also standards for transport and slaughter.

"Sobeys announcement marks yet another important step in addressing Canadian consumers' concerns about how their food is produced," says Kitson.

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SOURCE World Society for the Protection of Animals