Food & Beverages

Indian Food Sector Needs To Upgrade Its Animal Welfare Norms


Numerous food firms in the restaurant, hospitality, food service and food manufacturing department abroad have launched certain animal welfare norms to meet the demand of the consumer to have some animal welfare standards. Not only are these policies preventing unnecessary pain and sufferings caused to the animals but also are in accordance with the environment, sustainability and CSR policies of the companies.

As per reports published in the BBFAW (Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare), about 73% of the companies across the world have now come up with their policies for farm animal welfare. This ratio was only 46% during the year 2012-2013. On the other hand, around 65% of the companies have already published targets upon farm animal welfare which was 26% during 2012-2013.

Food companies of Indian origin hold a negligent attitude towards even the basic standards required to be effectively followed in order to curb the amount of cruelty done towards the animals present in the supply stock. Even though few of these companies adhere to such norms with their branches in the developing and developed countries, they restrain from following these when it comes to operation in India. The egg instance is a big example one can consider in this regard.

While food companies throughout the world are heading with the “cage-free eggs” policy- which means that no hen will be caged, companies in India are keeping away from the same. Hens in the poultry undergo cruelties which entitle them to lifetime suffering. Not only the quality of the eggs produced is hampered but also it gives birth to various disabilities among them. It is believed that undertaking proper care of the farm animals will help to boost the farm food standards.

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