Our Animal Welfare Practices and Policies
At Smithfield, our people care about the welfare and human treatment of our animals, and diligently make the connection between food safety and animal care. Through every stage of our animals' lives we provide disease prevention, regular veterinary care, biosecurity and safe, comfortable housing.
Animal Care Highlights and Achievements
Our Goals And Targets
Our Guiding Principles for Animal Welfare
Smithfield takes pride in the responsible stewardship of our animals. Animal well-being is a top company priority and deeply engrained in our commitment to producing food responsibly. As part of that commitment, we recognize the importance of the UK Animal Welfare Committee’s (AWC’s) “Five Freedoms,” which outline ideal physical and mental states to promote animal well-being: freedom from hunger and thirst; from discomfort; from pain, injury or disease; from fear and distress; and to express normal behavior. Our company remains committed to continuous improvement in these areas and urges every member of our Smithfield Family and farmers in our supply chain to uphold these values. Every employee is responsible for ensuring Smithfield’s animal care standards and comprehensive Animal Care Policy are upheld.
In addition to our Animal Care Policy, our support of the Five Freedoms is underpinned by our wide-ranging management systems, policies, practices and culture of accountability.
ANIMAL CARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Our Animal Care Management System provides a comprehensive approach to animal welfare across our supply chain and throughout the animals’ lives. It specifies requirements for employee training, compliance checks and audits on our company-owned farms, at the family farms we contract with, during transport and in our processing facilities, and it ensures that any issues of noncompliance are swiftly corrected.
We regularly review and enhance our approach to align with scientific research, technological innovation and opportunities for operational efficiencies