A Commentary on Animal Welfare in the US Meat and Poultry Industry

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2020) A Commentary on Animal Welfare in the US Meat and Poultry Industry. Journal of Public Affairs. e2358. doi:10.1002/pa.2358 (In Press)

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Abstract

The welfare of farm animals continues to generate vociferous and passionate debate. For many people, their closest, though indirect, contact with animal welfare is through the food they buy, and then, eat, and though animal welfare seems removed from the social practice of buying and eating animal products, it is very much a public issue. This short commentary paper looks to shine some light on animal welfare by reviewing, and reflecting on, how some of the leading meat and poultry producing companies in the US address animal welfare in their annual sustainability reports. The paper reveals that while most of the leading meat and chicken producing companies within the US emphasised their strategic commitment to animal welfare, their commitments are contested, and there are issues about how these commitments are evidenced.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal welfare; meat and poultry producing companies; public issue; sustainability reports; auditing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321 Industry
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business > Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 14:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8613

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