Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 9

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For the full assortment of pork, does the brand abide by progressive animal welfare standards?

Dutch: Voldoet het volledige assortiment varkensvlees aan vooruitstrevende normen voor diervriendelijkheid?

German version: Werden für das komplette Angebot an Schweinefleisch progressive Tierschutzstandards eingehalten?


Pigs are generally kept in intensive piggeries (or hog lots), a type of factory farm specialized in the raising of domestic pigs up to slaughter weight [1]. The pigs are kept in large stalls with large numbers of pigs per square metre. This is also applicable to pigs that er kept in the Netherlands, where animal welfare is at stake. Painful practices like castration are not common anymore in the Netherlands 1.

Ranking Guidelines

For this question we accept endorsed standards that clearly goes beyond legislation (and castration) and is applicable to the full assortment of pork.

Further Resources

  • Beter Leven - Criteria 1
  • Varkens in Nood - Varkensvleesmonitor 1
  • Varkens in Nood - Performance Dutch supermarkets sourcing Beter Leven certified pork, effective by December 2016 1 & 2