Supermarkets and animal welfare

Our latest supermarket ranking shows who is being open and honest about pig welfare

Pigs are some of the most intensively farmed animals in the world, crammed into barren environments, denied opportunities to express natural behaviours such as foraging and rooting, and subjected to painful mutilations.

Mutilations like tail cutting and teeth clipping are routinely carried out on piglets when they are less than a week old, without pain relief. These mutilations are performed as a quick fix for bigger problems, to stop unwanted, damaging behaviours like biting that occur when pigs are stressed and frustrated.

Routine tail cutting is banned in the UK, but a loophole means the cruel practice continues with over 70% of pigs having their tails cut each year.

But it doesn’t need to be like this. Improving welfare, such as giving pigs more space and access to manipulable enrichment like straw, has been proven to reduce instances of biting and therefore reduces the need for routine tail and teeth cutting.

In our new report into the public policies and reporting of the UK's top ten supermarkets, Who's Telling Porkies, we examine these welfare concerns for pigs farmed and imported into the UK.

UK Farming - supermarkets ranking tables

* Since first publishing our ranking table, Tesco has highlighted to us an element of their import policy which brings imports in-line with UK standards and we are very pleased to see that this has lifted them to 4th in the ranking, as seen above.

Pig welfare in UK supermarkets

UK supermarkets have the power to give pigs good lives, free from cruelty and pain. They can demand pigs in their supply chains are free from mutilations like tail cutting, teeth clipping and castration and are provided the space and environment they need to socialise, forage and play.

We looked at the public policies and reports of the UK's top ten supermarkets, scoring them on their animal welfare policies, import policies and their reporting. See where your supermarket is ranked and demand they do better.

How does my supermarket perform?

Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Tesco)

Are you a regular customer of Tesco? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Iceland)

Are you a regular customer of Iceland? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (ASDA)

Are you a regular customer of Asda? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Aldi)

Are you a regular customer of Aldi? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Lidl)

Are you a regular customer of Lidl? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Sainsbury's)

Are you a regular customer of Sainsbury's? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Raise Pigs Right - UK Supermarket Scorecard 2020 (Co-op)

Are you a regular customer of Co-op? Join us in taking action to email the supermarket and demand improvements in pig welfare.

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Demand supermarkets Raise Pigs Right. Contact the supermarket you shop at today to raise your voice for animals and to improve welfare across UK farms and imports.

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Take action to improve animal welfare in UK supermarkets

Piglet at high welfare indoor pig farm in UK

Use our form below to send an email to your local supermarket. If you cannot see the form, please click here.