Target: Carl Douglas “Doug” McMillon, CEO of Walmart
Goal: Praise Walmart for making a push towards more transparency and improved animal welfare in its business practices.
Animal welfare advocates are rejoicing thanks to major progress made recently for improving animal welfare. Walmart newly announced that it will ask its egg, seafood, poultry and meat suppliers to incorporate improved animal welfare standards into their practices.
These standards include upgrades like providing enough space for animals to live and roam and providing adequate food and water that is easily accessible for animals. In addition, the massive corporation announced that it will be requesting its suppliers to limit using antibiotics on sick animals, as well as report every year on the suppliers’ use of antibiotics on their animals.
Although the requests made by Walmart are voluntary for suppliers, this is a hugely progressive step towards bettering the treatment of animals, especially in the highly abusive meat and animal byproduct industries. Walmart has been criticized in the past for not holding a high standard when it comes to the treatment of animals raised on farms that the major retail chain works with. These requests will also be rolled out to Sam’s Club stores, the warehouse club stores also under the Walmart Corporation.
“Walmart’s animal welfare announcement is game-changing progress and signals to agribusiness that the era of confining farm animals is ending,” Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society, said in an email to the New York Times. Thank Walmart for working to improve the lives of farm animals that supply its products.
Dear Doug McMillon,
Walmart recently announced that it is asking its egg, seafood, poultry and meat suppliers to incorporate improved animal welfare standards such as more space and easier access to food and water into their practices. The company will also be asking for annual reporting on the use of antibiotics in animals and discouraging the use of antibiotics in animals that are sick.
These requests are a hugely progressive step towards bettering animal welfare and setting a positive example for other major companies in these industries to follow. I applaud you for taking note of the changing social perception surrounding animal welfare and the treatment of animals in the often abusive meat and animal byproduct industries.
[Your Name Here]
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