THE Co-operative Group has been awarded the title of ‘Most Improved Supermarket' at the Compassion in World Farming's award ceremony at London's Waldorf Hotel.
The animal welfare organisation conducts an exhaustive survey every two years on how well animals are reared, transported and slaughtered for the UK's leading supermarkets.
Waitrose has been named as Britain's most farm animal friendly supermarket for the second year running, with Marks & Spencer and the Co-op closely behind in second and third places.
A CIWF spokesman said: "The Co-op has significantly closed the gap on the top two supermarkets with less than five points now separating the top three. In recognition of this, the Co-op Group received the award for ‘Most Improved Supermarket'. The Co-op scores particularly highly for its policies on animal handling and transport.
"It is standard industry practice for chickens reared for meat to be carried by one leg when they are captured to be transported to slaughter, which results in many injuries. The Co-op is the only UK supermarket to insist that chickens reared for meat are not caught or carried by a single leg."
Full story is in the latest edition of the News (November 29th)