Animal rights group The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced that it is launching a new initiative: The Food Industry Scorecard. Several companies, including Walmart, Kroger, Kraft Heinz, Denny’s, Safeway, Smithfield and Perdue Farms, have made some form of animal welfare commitment, but HSUS said simply announcing the commitments isn’t enough. The scorecard will measure progress made by each of the companies that announced animal welfare commitments.
HSUS said it has sent the inaugural scorecard to the country’s largest food companies, and results will be released publicly as information is reported over the next several months.
“Besides ensuring that companies are enacting the commitments they have previously made, the scorecard will help us identify the steps they are taking to comply with animal welfare legislation we’ve spearheaded through ballot measures, such as those in California and Massachusetts on the extreme confinement of farm animals, and other means,” Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International, noted in a blog post.
HSUS also plans to evaluate what companies are doing to adopt and promote plant-based foods, she said.
“Our scorecard will help inform compassionate Americans about which companies are making real progress. It will help corporations that are working steadfastly on eliminating abusive practices reassure consumers that they are delivering on their promises, and it will help us ensure that after all the work that’s been done to make these changes happen, we’ll be on track to usher in a new day when animals used for food are able to lead much better lives,” Block said.