Compassion in World Farming is calling for food manufacturers, retailers and food service businesses to demonstrate their commitment to improving the welfare of farm animals by entering the annual Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.
Launched in 2007, the awards recognise companies that are committed to implementing substantial policy changes that result in positive impacts for farm animals.
Steve McIvor, director of food business at Compassion in World Farming, said: "Through our Food Business programme we are making a real difference to the lives of farmed animals but we can only do this by working with those businesses which are prepared to change how they produce and source their eggs, chicken, pig meat and dairy products.
"We are keen to recognise those companies that are actively making commitments and would urge any of you out there to enter our awards.
"An impressive 265 million hens, chickens, pigs, dairy cows and calves are now set to benefit each year as a result of winners' policies, but there is still so much more to be done."
The Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards include the Good Egg Award, the Good Chicken Award, the Good Dairy Award and - new for 2012 - the Good Pig Award, which encourages higher welfare systems for both sows and meat pigs. Compassion in World Farming is accepting entries in all categories for one more week only: the deadline for submissions is Monday 6 August.
By Lisa Jenkins
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