Target: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestle
Goal: Thank Nestle for demanding better treatment of animals owned by its suppliers
The world’s largest grossing distributor of food has promised to improve the welfare of all farm animals in its supply chain. Swiss giant Nestle announced new, stricter standards of care to be implemented at its 7,300 suppliers throughout 90 countries. The move comes only shortly after a Nestle subsidiary dropped a supplier known to employ cruel methods in its farming.
The groundbreaking new policy was designed with the help of World Animal Protection, a non-profit animal welfare group. There will now be minimum pen sizes for many animals, such as pigs and cows, allowing them space to move around and engage in regular animal behaviors. This will eliminate battery cages for chickens and gestation crates for pigs, two forms of enclosures that allow the animals little to no movement.
Nestle is also working to lessen pain for the animals at its farms. The company will be phasing out cruel practices such as castrating, de-horning, and docking tails without anesthetic. The food production giant has also commissioned a Swiss auditing company to conduct independent reviews of the various stops in the supply chain, surprise inspections at which members of World Animal Protection will be present.
These measures will not only keep the animals healthier physically but could prevent some of the many mental disorders associated with prolonged and painful captivity. Overall, the new plan will drastically improve the quality of life for tens of millions of farm animals across the globe. Your signature will praise Nestle for the new standard it has created for the food industry as a whole.
Dear Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe,
Nestle Foods has recently announced an avant-garde plan to improve the quality of life of farm animals at its suppliers. The plan, which will see an end to battery cages and gestation crates, was made in partnership with an animal protection organization and will be enforced by independent auditors. Under the plan, painful practices such as castration, de-horning, and tail docking will no longer be done without painkillers.
As the largest grossing food producers globally, Nestle has set a new industry standard for the proper treatment of animals. The measures will improve both the physical and mental health of millions of animals on a worldwide scale. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to become a more socially conscious company.
[Your Name Here]
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