Barbecue instead of protecting the climate

VIER PFOTEN – Stiftung für Tierschutz

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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 compiled the rankings.

Zurich, July 19, 2022 – The worldwide animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS assessed 38 major parent speciesines supermarkets in the DACH countries and the UK based on their meat supply reduction target. Swiss retailers are also closely monitored. While some suppliers have expanded their range of vegetable products, none have committed to cutting constraints on their meat supply. With the climate crisis, the results are extremely alarming.
requires a reduction in the so-called yield of animals, a switch to more plant proteins, and an end to intensive farming.

While leaflets and flyers advertise grilled dishes, it’s not just charcoal that’s burning this barbecue season. Deadly wildfires have been spreading across Europe and the rest of the world. The consequences of the climate crisis caused by diets too high in meat have been known for a long time.

According to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), natural disasters will be more frequent and intense than ever in the future. As suggested by IPCC experts, switching to a plant-based diet can cut greenhouse gas emissions by half.

“While we are seeing an overall increase in plant-based products on supermarket shelves, the supply of meat and dairy products shows no sign of slowing down. It is inconceivable that the responsibility in this matter rests solely with the consumer or the farmer, when the retail trade of food in the first place has contributed to the overconsumption of meat and the overproduction of products. animal. We therefore require clear strategies to reduce livestock in order to mitigate the climate crisis and future pandemics,” said Sonja Svensek, Head of Nutrition at FOUR PAWS.

No commitment to reduce meat supply

The results of 38 supermarket chains were rated as disappointing. None of them were rated as ‘very good’, with the highest being Lidl (DE) with a ‘good’ rating, followed by Lidl (AT). In Switzerland too, Lidl is leading with Coop. Followed by Swiss Aldi and Migros.

Although 50% of companies plan to expand their offering of vegetable products in the future, none of them have developed a specific strategy for reducing meat. Similarly, no supermarket chain plans to stop selling cheap meat.

Another alarming finding: only 3 out of 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 have a unique opportunity this year to improve the living conditions of millions of so-called farm animals. The anti-intensive livestock initiative will be put to a vote on September 25 and demand an end to industrial farming. This means, among other things, more space for each animal, daily access to pasture and species-appropriate food. The initiative points the way to sustainable agriculture. “Resource productive and animal-friendly. Despite this, a large portion of animals spend their short lives in rudimentary enclosures or enclosures without frequent outdoor exposure. Thus, a hen has only the surface area of ​​an A4 sheet of paper and only 7% of the total broiler chickens have access to the outside. This situation must completely change,” demanded Yasmine Wenk, campaign director at FOUR PAWS Switzerland, “because it not only has an impact on animal welfare, but also on the environment, the climate and the environment. human health.” FOUR PAWS has been working for many years to improve the breeding conditions for so-called producer animals. This is why the World Organization for Animal Welfare supports the Initiative. The people of the Union were against factory farming.

Basic information and methodology

The ‘Atlas Challenge’ rating reflects the efforts and performance of some of the leading supermarket chains in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK in their meat reduction strategies and sustainable plant-based diets. To do this, FOUR PAWS conducted its research based on publicly available online information from January to June 2022 and also sent out a questionnaire to supermarkets. Companies that did not complete the questionnaire were evaluated based on the FOUR PAWS study only. In Switzerland, Spar and Denner denied the request of FOUR PAWS. Globus and Migros didn’t even respond. The questionnaire includes four categories: CSR report, marketing strategy, product portfolio and strategic vision. The evaluation is done on the basis of a rating system: Poor (0-25%), Moderate (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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