Wal-Mart wants meat suppliers to improve treatment of animals


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Food retail giant wants its meat suppliers to stem the use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Food retail giant wants its meat suppliers to stem the use of antibiotics in farm animals.

That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice. Experts say Wal-Mart is the first major retailer to take a stance to limit the use of the antibiotics.

The guidelines also aim to get suppliers to stop using sow gestation crates and other housing that doesn’t give animals enough space. They’re also being asked to avoid painful procedures like de-horning or castration without proper pain management.

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