Tonight at the Freemason’s Hall in London’s Covent Garden, Compassion in World Farming will be announcing this year’s winners of The Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards. TV chef Paul Merrett will be hosting the awards and guest speakers include broadcaster Nigel Barden, chef and broadcaster Allegra McEvedy and actress and Compassion Patron Alexandra Bastedo. The awards are in their second year, and again there has been a fantastic response from businesses across the UK and the EU.
Last year big name companies were presented with awards for providing cruelty-free food with the feel good factor; these businesses are making a real difference for farm animals by ensuring they are being treated with compassion. The first ‘Good Chicken’ awards for higher-welfare chicken were presented to companies such as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Virgin Trains, The Co-operative Food, Pret A Manger and Sainsbury’s. Over 200 million animals already lead better lives each year from the higher welfare policies of last year’s Good Farm Animal Award winners.
Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team works all year round with business communities across the UK and Europe to actively promote farm animal welfare. Many businesses tonight will rightly be rewarded for their efforts in ensuring animals that are used for food are treated with compassion.
Don’t forget though, we are effecting change on an immense scale and we need to continue to do so to bring cruel practises like factory farming to an end. We, as consumers, must also make the best decisions we can when buying animal food products to ensure the food on our plate is not a product of misery, pain and suffering. Many of the businesses receiving awards tonight have not just based their decision to implement animal-friendly purchase policies on ethics alone. They are not doing so solely because it is the right thing to do, but also because the people that matter the most, their customers, have said animal welfare is important to them. As you will see from tonight’s awards – compassionate companies do listen.