It’s a common practice in the dairy industry whereby part of a dairy cow’s tail is amputated in order to help keep the udders clean.
It causes pain to the cow, and it leaves her defenseless against fly attacks.
But for some dairy farmers, tail docking will no longer be an accepted practice, thanks to an unlikely ally to the animal welfare movement- Nestle.
Nestle has partnered with World Animal Protection to implement humane animal practices, including ending the use of gestation crates, cage systems for chickens, and dehorning of cows.
This is big news, because Nestle is the largest food company in the world.
So why do you think Nestle is making this commitment? Is it because their CEO suddenly had a crisis of conscience?
Maybe, but I doubt it.
Nestle is making this change because their customers believe animal welfare is important. And if a customer is faced with the choice of buying two chocolate bars of comparable quality, that customer is more likely to buy the chocolate that was manufactured using humane animal practices.
So good work, consumers! Let’s keep pressuring companies until humane animal practices are everyday occurrences, and not newsworthy events.
(Photos taken from NestleUSA website)