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Response from Woolworths....if interested in hearing what they had to say.

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strutty strutty QLD Posts: 87
1 2 Jun 2009
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the recent media comments
relating to a Tasmanian piggery.

Woolworths became aware of an issue at this particular farm some five
weeks ago. Upon being made aware we immediately sent our head livestock
buyer to the farm to conduct an inspection. We were not happy with the
conditions and issued the farmer with a list of improvements to be made
by Friday 15th May. It should be noted that this work was in addition to
a work order issued by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry
(DPI).

Given the fact that this piggery is a long standing supplier to
Woolworths and others, with no prior history of poor practice, we opted
to give this farm a chance to improve. This was decided on the basis
that if improvements were not made to our satisfaction then we would
cease to do business with this producer.

Our livestock team has visited the piggery on three occasions over this
period and we are satisfied that the improvements we stipulated have
been made in full. DPI Tasmania and the RSPCA have also visited the farm
in conjunction with the Woolworths livestock team and are also now
satisfied that the animal welfare standards on the farm meet acceptable
industry standards.

This farm was subject to an independent audit process and was last
audited in November 2008. No major issues were raised on this audit. We
can only presume that conditions deteriorated rapidly in recent months.
We believe this to be an isolated incident that reflects badly on the
generally high standard of practice from other pig producers in
Australia.  

Prior to this incident, Woolworths had already begun a process of
reviewing animal welfare standards across the business. This work
continues.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us about this particular
incident.


Kind regards



Michael Batycki
General Manager Fresh Foods
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_Matt _Matt VIC Posts: 1567
2 2 Jun 2009
I just got that one now.

I can't believe the RSPCA. They have never prosecuted factory farmers and never will. Currently they have this "fair go for farm animals" campaign. But that the 'Million Paws Walk' this year there was a BBQ with pork and beef sausages cooking...

People should check ou rspcawatchdog.org for more info.
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Mean people wear fur Mean people wear fur QLD Posts: 1087
3 2 Jun 2009
I just got one like too
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.ellehcoR .ellehcoR VIC Posts: 663
4 2 Jun 2009
Yep the Rspca watchdog website was created by Animal Liberation Victoria. I once had the opportunity to speak to one of the ALV volunteers and she had alot to say.
But I guess the RSPCA just sucks up to the public, as they receive government funding and dont want to be too radical to lose that money.

As for the woolworths reply, yep I received the same one
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tofupower tofupower NSW Posts: 54
5 2 Jun 2009
yup i got it too
pretty pathetic sad
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RaV3N RaV3N WA Posts: 2152
6 2 Jun 2009
*sits and waits for her copy of the lame letter*
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_Matt _Matt VIC Posts: 1567
7 2 Jun 2009
lol
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Karen Karen Australia Posts: 993
8 2 Jun 2009
Unleashed Admin
Yep. Got the same letter too. It's important that Woollies realises that their customers are disturbed by their unwavering support of a supplier who is capable of leaving animals to die painfully as they are eaten alive by maggots!!

To make things worse, last week a Tassie egg supplier to Woolworths was convicted of animal cruelty: www.unleashed.org.au/blog/2009-06/GRRRR-to-Woolworths

We need to keep the pressure on! If you got this auto-response, then it's time to write back to Woolies! Here's their contact form again: www.woolworths.com.au/contactus

You might like to ask why Woolworths is paying Mr Oliver to raise pigs when he has clearly demonstrated a complete disregard for the wellbeing of the animals he supposedly 'looks after'..?

And now with a Woolworths egg supplier also being charged with animal cruelty, it's clear to the public that factory farming = animal cruelty. Please urge Woolworths to drop their support of factory farms all together -- it's the only way to win back consumer confidence. The best way to do this is to tell them that you will shop elsewhere until they commit to end their support of factory farms!
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Denise Denise QLD Posts: 17
9 3 Jun 2009
It isn't very satisfiying. /=
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Lea Lea WA Posts: 82
10 8 Jun 2009
stingy reply...it makes them look pathetic.
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