Walmart Takes A Stand Against Animal Cruelty & Antibiotic Usage

Walmart is asking its U.S. suppliers of meat, egg, and dairy products to follow new voluntary guidelines on animal treatment and antibiotics, reports The New York Times.

The company said on Friday that the move will give customers more information about their food.

The new policy asks suppliers to adopt and implement the Judicious Use Principles of Antimicrobial Use from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which limits antibiotics to animals that are ill or at risk.

Walmart's new policy also asks suppliers to embrace the Five Freedoms of animal welfare by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, which aims to treat animals more humanely, giving them more space to roam and adequate food and water, among other recommendations.

Suppliers will be asked to provide progress reports on animal welfare and antibiotics use to Walmart.

What do you think of Walmart's latest move?

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