OHIO: Veal video prompts Costco comment
Posted: September 3rd, 2010 - 7:23pm
Costco released a statement Wednesday in response to a video of veal calves in individual crates on an Ohio farm, made surreptitiously by a group called Mercy for Animals (MFA) and teed up as cruel and inhumane treatment of the animals.
The video singled out Costco and Giant Eagle as carrying the farm’s branded products. In a release, Costco CEO Jim Sinegal says, “The company had not been aware of the issue before we saw the video. We are extremely disappointed, not only with the performance of our supplier in this instance, but with our own performance as well.”
In fact, the farm in question, Buckeye Veal Farm in Apple Creek, Ohio, said Monday that it already had phased out most of the individual crate housing shown in the video in favor of group housing, and was continuing the process with the animals that remained in crates, according to a report in The Daily Record in Wooster, Ohio.
In any case, an agreement reached in June between the new Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, authorized by a voter referendum late last year, also calls for phasing out veal crates. MFA is pressuring the board to move up the timeline for that to happen, The Daily Record reports.
On its website, MFA asks consumers to adopt a vegan diet, urge Costco and Giant Eagle to stop selling veal, urge the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to “honor the common-sense agreement reached in June,” spread the word via social media, and make a donation to the group.