Animal welfare is an important issue to our customers, consumers, contract growers
and all Pilgrim's employees. We are absolutely committed to caring for and
handling our flocks in the most humane manner possible.
Caring for Our Customers Starts with Caring for Our Chickens
Pilgrim's has adopted the science-based guidelines for animal welfare issued
by the National Chicken Council. These guidelines are designed to promote the humane
treatment and well-being of poultry throughout the production process.
All of our complexes are audited on a regular basis to ensure full compliance with
these humane treatment guidelines. If a deficiency is identified, immediate corrective
action is taken and follow-up audits are scheduled until the issue is resolved.
In addition, all Pilgrim's employees who handle live birds are required to
complete animal-welfare training on an annual basis. Our contract growers receive
similar training. All are required to sign a training compliance form indicating
that they have received this training and understand their responsibilities regarding
our animal welfare program.
Employees or growers who violate the Pilgrim's animal welfare policy and associated
procedures will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination
of employment or termination of their grower contract.
Health and Safety
Caring for our flocks also means taking steps to protect them from disease or illness.
Pilgrim's requires its 4,400 contract growers to follow strict biosecurity
measures on their farms to prevent diseases or viruses from being inadvertently
passed to flocks. These measures include:
- Routine cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and vehicles;
- Providing clean and protective clothing for all personnel;
- Permitting only essential personnel and vehicles to enter the farm;
- Limiting or avoiding visits to other bird farms; and
- Sheltering our flocks in contained housing structures to provide maximum protection
from inadvertent contact with wild or migratory birds
By working together with our growers, customers and others in our industry, Pilgrim's
is helping to ensure that our birds are raised, transported and processed
as humanely as possible.