JBS INITIATIVES REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO ANIMAL WELFARE
The Company bolsters adoption of best practices during Animal Welfare month with sponsored events and staff awareness activities
Animal welfare is one of JBS’s top priorities. The Company understands that product quality depends directly on ensuring each animal is treated properly. Moreover, best animal handling practices add value to the end product.
Reinforcing this position, the Company is constantly investing in actions and activities that promote best practices across its Team Members and everyone involved in the farming production chain.
That is why JBS organized Animal Welfare month, celebrated annually on October. The event aims to ensure that everyone working with the Company, Team Members and service providers, adopt best practices in line with the JBS’s guidelines.
The Company distributed informative visual aids to its industrial facilities to underline its commitment to ethical and legal principles and best practices across the production chain. The material highlights recommended routines and correct handling procedures animals during the breeding, transportation and slaughter processes involving cattle, pork and poultry. The informative aids also underscore all the Company’s animal welfare investments and trainings in 2018.
Animal Welfare is the central issue during Temple Grandin’s visit
Temple Grandin, a researcher and one of the world’s most prominent Animal Welfare advocates, visited Brazil last September. Her schedule included a visit to Friboi plant 2 in Campo Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where she reviewed the Company’s handling practices and facilities.
She also gave a presentation on the importance of Animal Welfare to a group of the plant’s Team Members, focusing on “rational handling” techniques Temple herself developed and which are widely used across JBS operations.
Friboi supports Animal Welfare book launch
In September, Friboi attended the book launch of “O bem-estar animal no Brasil e na Alemanha” (Animal Welfare in Brazil and Germany), released by the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The book is a compilation of information about animal welfare commitments in both countries and provides examples of animal handling techniques and mentions the best practices adopted by Friboi and Seara.
The chapter on beef cuts highlights Friboi’s operation as the industry’s only success case following its consistent application of animal welfare initiatives in Brazil. The book also notes the Company has been coordinating animal welfare at corporate level since 2010.
The chapter on pork highlights Seara as a positive example based on its use of immunocastration technology, which reduces pain and inflammation and improves animal health and welfare.