Safeway received the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award from The Humane Society of the United States. The grocery chain—the second largest in the country—earned the award for its work in 2013 to end the extreme confinement of pigs in its supply chain.
In the pork industry, most breeding pigs are confined for virtually their entire lives in immobilizing gestation crates.
Matt Prescott, food policy director for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “Safeway has been a leader on tackling many of the worst farm animal abuses in food production for a decade. We believe in offering credit where credit is due, and Safeway certainly deserves some for showing the pork industry that gestation crates have no future.”