Grilled meat instead of climate protection

FOUR POTS – Foundation for Animal Protection

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Meat instead of climate protection for national and European supermarket chains

FOUR PAWS assessed retailers such as Coop and Migros on their commitment to reducing meat supply and drew up a ranking.

Zurich, July 19, 2022 – The worldwide animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has rated 38 of the most important driversines supermarkets in DACH countries and the UK based on their reduction targets for meat supply. Swiss retailers have also been put under scrutiny. While some suppliers have already expanded their range of vegetable products, no company has yet committed to a binding reduction in their meat supply. In light of the climate crisis, the results are extremely alarming.
requires a general reduction in the number of so-called productive animals, a conversion to more vegetable proteins and the cessation of intensive breeding.

While flyers and flyers advertise steaks, it’s not just the charcoal that burns this barbecue season. Deadly wildfires are already spreading across Europe and the rest of the world. The consequences of the climate crisis due to a diet that is too rich in meat have been known for a long time.

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), natural disasters will be more frequent and more violent than ever in the future. According to the IPCC experts’ proposal, a shift to a plant-based diet is helping to halve greenhouse gas emissions.

“While we are seeing an overall increase in plant-based products on supermarket shelves, there are no signs of a decline in the supply of meat and dairy products. It is incomprehensible that the responsibility for this should be placed solely on consumers or farmers when the food retail trade initially contributes to an overconsumption of meat and an overproduction of animal products. We therefore demand clear strategies for reducing animal husbandry to alleviate the climate crisis and future pandemics, ”says Sonja Svensek, Head of Nutrition at FOUR PAWS.

No obligation to reduce the meat supply

The results from the 38 rated supermarket chains are disappointing. None of them were rated as ‘very good’, with the highest ranking being Lidl (DE) with a ‘good’ rating followed by Lidl (AT). Also in Switzerland, Lidl is in the lead with Coop. Followed by Aldi Schweiz and Migros.

Although 50% of companies plan to expand their range of vegetable products in the future, none of them have developed a concrete strategy for meat reduction. Similarly, none of the supermarket chains have plans to stop promoting cheap meat sales.

Another alarming finding: only 3 of the 38 companies say they sell less meat from intensive farming than from animal-friendly systems. Among them are Coop and Migros. In addition to retailers, consumers in our country this year have a unique opportunity to improve the living conditions of millions of so-called livestock. The initiative against intensive agriculture goes to the polls on 25 September and calls for an end to industrial animal husbandry. This means, among other things, more space per animal, daily access to pastures and species-friendly feed. The initiative shows the way forward for sustainable agriculture. “Resource- and animal-friendly production is possible. Despite this, a large proportion of the animals spend their short lives cramped in rudimentary stables or hen houses without regular excursions in the open air. Thus, a hen has only the surface area of ​​an A4 sheet of paper, and only 7% of all broilers have access to the outside. This situation must definitely change “, demands Yasmine Wenk, campaign manager at FOUR PAWS Switzerland,” because it not only affects animal welfare, but also the environment, the climate and human health. “FOUR PAWS has worked for many years to improve the breeding conditions for so-called productive animals.That’s why the World Organization for Animal Welfare supports the Federal People’s Initiative Against Factory Farming.

Background information and methodology

The ‘Atlas Challenge’ rankings reflect the efforts and performance of some of the leading supermarket chains in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK in their strategy for meat reduction and sustainable plant-based diets. To do this, FOUR PAWS conducted its research based on publicly available online information between January and June 2022 and also sent a questionnaire to supermarkets. Companies that did not complete the questionnaire were evaluated solely on the basis of FOUR PAWS research. In Switzerland, Spar and Denner rejected FIRE PAVERS ‘request. Globus and Migros did not even bother to answer. The questionnaire covered four categories: CSR report, marketing strategies, product portfolio and strategic foresight. The evaluation is based on a rating system: Poor (0-25%), Average (26-50%), Good (51-75%) and Very good (76-100%).

QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, France, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. QUATRE PATTES est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.



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