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Walmart and Sam’s Club of the United States have adopted a
new position seeking responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals, as well as
new standards for animal welfare for the companies that are meat, poultry and
egg suppliers for the company. The company released its new positions on May
22, but no timeline on implementing the new positions has yet been given.
The company's new animal welfare standards involve working
with its suppliers to “find and implement solutions to address animal welfare
concerns” that include animal housing systems. Walmart and Sam's Club
specifically mentions finding alternatives to gestation crates for pigs and
battery cages for laying hens. The company also has provisions that seek
alternatives to veal crates.
The company is also expecting its suppliers to not conduct
potentially painful procedures such a pigtail docking and cattle dehorning
without using proper pain management practices.
Walmart stated that the company believes antibiotics should
be used responsibly in farm animals. With that in mind, it is asking suppliers
to adopt and implement the Judicious Use Principles of Antimicrobial Use from
the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), including accurate record-keeping, veterinary
oversight, and limiting antimicrobial treatment to animals that are ill or at
risk, effectively eliminating the use of medically importantantibiotics for
growth promotion purposes.
Additionally, the company wants to promote transparency by
having suppliers provide a report on antibiotics management to Walmart and
publicly report antibiotic use on an annual basis.