Praise Walmart for Encouraging Improved Animal Welfare

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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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  1. Victoria Salter says:

    Well done Walmart.

  2. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Good job Walmart! I thank you and the Animal Kingdom thanks you. Hopefully, others will follow your lead…

  3. Why thank them? Thank them when they make a stand and stop selling meat etc period! Don’t eat animals!

    • Stan Benton says:

      Agreed. I was going to write my own comment, about Walmart being generally bad in so many ways, but yours is right on. Since the petition letter included eggs, seafood, poultry, and meat, I’ll include eggs. The torture egg laying chickens in factory farms have to endure is disgusting. So I’ll avoid any other complaints about Walmart for now.

  4. Elizabeth Wren says:

    Thank you, Walmart! I have not bought meat at Walmart for as long as I can remember because the standards for animal welfare were so low and you carried meat produced by known offenders, such as Tyson. When I was in there not long ago, I was able to buy some chicken that was ‘Humanely raised and processed’! Now, people can debate all day long that we shouldn’t eat meat at all, but that’s just not likely to happen. Any progress made in the direction of improving humane treatment of animals is a step in the right direction.

    I would also like to ask you to please stop selling glue traps. Last spring, my daughter found two baby wrens caught in one in a neighbor’s garage. We did our best to get them out, but they both ended up dying anyway. Besides the fact that many unintended targets are killed by them, no animal – not rats, lizards, snakes, kittens, mice, shrews, etc – deserves to die in such a slow, painful, frightening way. They are inexcusably inhumane. Please, please consider banning glue traps from being sold at Walmart stores. Thank you!

  5. Have deliberately avoided WalMart due to animal cruelty.
    Maybe now I’ll shop there. Vegetarians & vegans are in the rise. Smart move on your part. Thank you!

  6. Heather Brophy says:


  7. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Not signed. The last time this issue came up, Walmart said on their Facebook page that they were “working with” suppliers to make changes. They don’t have to “work with” anyone. They can dictate. They’re Walmart.

  8. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    Agree with Kae and Heather. They are making these changes “voluntary” for their suppliers. Let’s see how many of those suppliers “volunteer” to step up to the plate. Kae is so right, they CAN dictate, they ARE Walmart! And the time for being wishy washy is long past.


    Buy from farms that care about their animals from birth onward —

    search HFAC —

    look for the seal, “CERTIFIED HUMANE, Raised & Handled”.

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