Charlotte-based Compass Group USA has announced new animal welfare policies that will affect the food-service company’s procurement practices, including how it obtains veal.
The company joins companies like Walmart and General Mills in adopting the Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare –freedom from hunger, discomfort, injury, fear, and freedom to express normal behavior – the Humane Society of the United States wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
The new policies, which Compass announced on its website, mean Compass will eliminate the use of veal from operations that use crates by 2017 and will work with its suppliers to prevent horn and tail removal of dairy cows, tail-removal of piglets, and horn-removal of beef cattle.
The company will also work with suppliers to address issues surrounding fast growth and questionable living conditions of chickens and turkeys, and will start offering more meat-free foods. Compass also will publicly report progress on its animal welfare policies.
Earlier this year, Compass expanded its cage-free egg policy to include liquid eggs. It also has pledged to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain by 2017.
Compass, part of U.K.-based Compass Group PLC, employs about 5,000 people in Charlotte, where it’s had its headquarters since 1995.