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February 17, 2010

HSUS Applauds Harris Teeter’s Movement on Animal Welfare at Company’s Annual Meeting

This Thursday, at the annual shareholder meeting for Ruddick Corporation (NYSE: RDK)—owner of Harris Teeter—The Humane Society of the United States will applaud the company for its forward-thinking animal welfare policies, which are more comprehensive than those of almost all of its competitors, including most of its national rivals.

An HSUS representative will be speaking at the meeting at 10:00am, February 18th, at Two Wachovia Center (12th Fl.), 301 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds Harris Teeter for its continued work improving conditions for animals in its supply chain," stated Matthew Prescott, corporate outreach director for The HSUS's factory farming campaign. "Harris Teeter has raised the bar for the food retail industry when it comes to animal welfare."  

Harris Teeter has committed to sell nearly four times the amount of cage-free eggs as the grocery industry's national average, phase-in pork from suppliers that don't use gestation crates to confine breeding pigs and dramatically increase the amount of poultry it sells from producers that use a less-inhumane slaughter system called "controlled-atmosphere killing."

Fred Morganthall, Harris Teeter president, stated, "Harris Teeter believes that part of being a good corporate citizen means helping to improve conditions for farm animals. It's important to us, to our customers and to animals."

Facts

  • About 95 percent of egg-laying hens and 70 percent of breeding sows in the United States are confined in cages and crates so small the animals can barely move for their entire lives. Extensive scientific research confirms this causes immense suffering.
  • Seven states, including Michigan and California, have passed laws to phase out the extreme confinement of certain farm animals. 
  • Controlled-atmosphere killing has been shown to dramatically reduce suffering during poultry slaughter.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at humanesociety.org.

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