As of today, The Co-operative food stores in N. Wales
are banning the sale of eggs from caged hens and stocking only free-range or
This move, which comes amid increasing public concerns over the treatment
of poultry in the farming sector, forms part of a range of new measures being
introduced after a survey was completed in the UK of 100,000 shoppers who took
part in a consumer poll on ethics.
The survey identified ethical trading, animal welfare and the environment
as key issues for Co-operative customers, however, it was noted that climate
change was not a top priority.
â€œOur shoppers in Wales responded to the poll in their thousands, reflecting
the real interest of consumers in the policies of the businesses they trade with
and endorsing our ethical approach to business. We have listened to what they
had to say and acted on their priority issues now,â€ said chief officer of The
Co-operative in Wales, David Parker.
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