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This Just In: Harris Teeter Helps Animals!

Written by PETA | February 20, 2008

During my time in Norfolk, Virginia, where I worked at PETA’s headquarters, I got to know my local Harris Teeter very well. I’m the kind of person who likes to visit the grocery store on an almost daily basis so that I can load up on the freshest produce or just stroll the aisles. This led to quite a close bond with the store, and I even affectionately called it The Teet.

As you can imagine, when the news of Harris Teeter’s new animal welfare policies flew into my in-box minutes ago, I was thrilled to learn that their plan is going to surpass national rivals. Under the new plan, they will do the following:

•Increase its purchases of chickens killed by controlled-atmosphere systems—the least-cruel method of bird slaughter—from 11% to 26% over the next three years. The Teet will also start purchasing turkeys killed by controlled-atmosphere systems, starting with 2% this fall, and giving purchasing preference to controlled-atmosphere systems suppliers.

•Increase its purchases of pig meat from suppliers phasing out gestation crates—restrictive metal enclosures that confine pregnant pigs—by 10, 15, and 20% over each of the next three years. Harris Teeter is also giving purchasing preference to suppliers that don’t use cruel gestation crates.

•Increase the total percentage of its egg sales that represent cage-free eggs from 6% to 9% by 2009, and will work to increase that number to 12% by 2010 (the national average is only 5%). The company’s new line of Harris Teeter brand eggs will also be cage-free, and Harris Teeter is giving purchasing preference to cage-free egg producers.

I am in no way saying that these changes make eating animals, eggs, or dairy products OK in my book—they don’t. I still believe the best thing anyone can do to end cruelty to animals is to go vegan, but this is a small step in the right direction. And now I don’t have to feel as guilty about my little love affair with a grocery store anymore.

-Amy

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  • 4mula1 says:

    but wait, theres more (good news!) its the meat n dairy (milk is for baby cows, get soymilk) that clog your arteries leading to heart attack, stroke, pad, ed, ect (pcrm.org).

  • Amanda says:

    Great. Now can we work on getting them to stop using chimpanzee in their ads?

  • Kenady says:

    one thing I dont get is why people that “hate” peta are ont this website anyway. they need to get a life. lol well i absoulty LOVE peta. its da bomb.

  • Debby says:

    Once upon a time I admit please no sharp stones here I ate meat and eggs and milk and cheese. But then something happened and I gave up the meat. But I still ate the eggs and the cheese. But then someone said something at just the right moment in my life and I put down the extra couple bucks for free range eggs. And then someone else said something and I looked at PETA’s site and I went Vegan. It is a process and for some it takes longer than others. Don’t chase the naysayers away because we might be part of their process. Just learn patience and tell yourself that it is as children speaking and they too must be educated.

  • Piglet says:

    Amy I shop “The Teet” too. Good for Harris Teeter making any progressive steps towards contributing to lesser animal cruelty YAY! I only wish they’d stock vegetarian dog chow. By the way I just adore PETA. XOXOXO

  • rojo says:

    Dennis I’m not sure how you come to that conclusion but I’m sure you would prefer animals not be raised inhumanely.

  • Dennis Vail says:

    Although at bottom the welfarist effort is doomedthere is no way to raise large numbers of animals humanelywe must do what we can to reduce suffering.

  • rojo says:

    brandon I realise what you’re saying about consumers feeling better about using animals thus being harder to wean off. The problem I see is that there will be people who fight abolition just as effectively as activists present it so welfare is a must. Because it is acheivable in the short term. Not every welfarist subscribes to abolition and having regard for welfare does not mean people think the next logical step is toward abolition. Abolitionists will find that unless they can come up with compelling reasons to stop eating meat other than on welfare grounds the outcome will be welfare. Telling people meat is unhealthyfor which evidence is ambiguous etc is only going to be patially effective think smoking and alcohol. Suffering is inherent in nature too and liberation in this regard is no panacea. Old age predators disease and starvation are not painless ways to die. Certainly not as quick as humane slaughter. Unemployed farm animals could also end up being culled for destroying crops ie. elephants httpwww.smh.com.aunewsworldsouthafricaallowselephantcullingagain200802261203788284050.html

  • Ana says:

    Brandon Love both your comments. How convenient for animalkilling corporations to appear so welfarist and so “caring”. Blah blah blah…… Go vegan…..and eliminate the suffering!

  • caitlin says:

    karen old spiderwoman erica and mike you guys are sooooo right. if you guys hate PETA than why the heck are you on this website? do you seriously have nothing better to do than go to the website you hate and trash talk them on their blog? you guys need to get a life. oh and ‘Dr’ simpson shouldnt you belike researching something right now since you do claim to be a doctor? not trash talking PETA.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    rojo The “explosion in freerange production” is due in large part from consumer awareness of the level of abuse inflicted upon animals used for food. The companies that exploit animals for this purpose and others must satify the consumer that animals are treated “humanely.” Animal rights activists should use this interest in animal welfare by arguing that suffering is inherent in the system of exploiting animals for food. As more and more people transition to veganism industries will dismantle factory farming themselves while we build a critical mass to work towards abolishing all animal farming.

  • Sarah says:

    I adore you fellow vegans! Let’s not worry about the opinions of the people who have no idea what they are talking about they add humor to my life making such ignorant comments. One day they might understand but til then power to us!

  • rojo says:

    Attitudes are changing and now companies like this one and HM are going to make more money because of their animal welfare stance rather than the norm profiting from not looking after animals properly. You only have to look at the explosion in freerange production people do have animal welfare in mind. httpwww.foodproductiondaily.comnewsng.asp?id69742eggfreerangebattery While abolition remains a dream welfare is happening and causing change. Libber groups no longer seem to push the “liberation” line in their publicity seeking but promote their cause on welfare grounds. ie slaughter practices as opposed to slaughter itself.

  • erica says:

    stop johnan on the animal lovers why be on this website if your not for it go do something better for your self

  • Keith says:

    Brilliant comment ”Courtney.” Lest we forget ” I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” Abraham Lincoln. President of the United States. 18091865

  • Old Spiderwoman says:

    to Willa Boswell and ‘Dr’.Simpson this here is an animal rights blog and people blogging here love and care about animals! you don’t know about what we care in our other spare time! if you need to help people please go elsewhere! and… did you read the peta files?????? before you open your mouth without knowing what was the subject here before!!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Dr. Robby You do understand that this is an animal rights website therefore animal rights come first here. I’m glad you love your dogs but did you know fur from certain countries can actually be from a dog? Does that bring things in to a sharper focus? Wearing fur is not a hallmark of being affluentit indicates either ignorance of the facts or a terminal case of lack of compassion.

  • Michele says:

    Neshoba please look up the definition of “vegan”. We do not wear wool or use products that are tested on animals. My makeup is absolutely crueltyfree purchased online from Pangea http://www.veganstore.com. My shoes were purchased at Payless and are NOT leather. My pillows are synthetic. I buy Method laundry and cleaning products. You’re right that it is probably impossible to avoid having any negative impact on animals in today’s world but vegans do everything they can to prevent harm to animals. Many vegans are also into environmental issues using organic products clothes personal care items food etc planting gardens composting driving fuel efficient cars carpooling using public transit cycling to work etc. Many vegans are also involved in helping HUMANS in their work or spare time. Did you know that veganism would help eliminate world hunger? It also helps to preserve this planet for ALL earthlings.

  • Rattieluv says:

    Dear Dr. Robby Simpson How on Earth did you get through medical school with such terrible writing skills? I do hope you can communicate with your clients better than you’ve communicated here. Also could I ask what kind of a doctor you are seeing as you are apparently afforded time to leave disparaging remarks on internet message boards? Love Rattieluv PS I think I see your ignorance showing. Willa Boswell I accept your dare and raise you a challenge. I challenge you to please give me 3 good solid reasons why fur is 100 necessary in modern times. I exclude from these reasons indigineous styles of life as I am more concerned with watching upperclass women standing on public transportation wearing entire pelts. Please provide said explanations since you seem to be so passionate about this topic. Thanks Rattieluv

  • Jaclyn says:

    Willa Boswell your post is so wrong in so many ways that it would take a book length of words to correct you. I’ll just leave it alone.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Be careful Dr. Simpson keep your three wonderful dogs away from the queen of soul because her money can certainly buy the skin on your cute dogs. After all she can wear what she wants.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Neshoba brings up some intresting points. The thing to remember though is that you can not be absolute with anything. Just because I can’t absolutely stop using all animals products doesn’t mean I’ll give up. I don’t wear any type of animal skins I rarely wear makeup and the makeup I do wear is vegan my pillows are made of cotton… and so forth. You can’t have an “all or nothing” attitude with anything in life. Don’t call people morons because they are trying to make the best available choices in life.

  • Karen says:

    Why do people who have nothing but disdain for PETA and apparentlycompassion read the blog and post nonsense? Just curious.

  • Courtney says:

    This is a shout out to Neshoba and “Dr.” Robby Simpson. Just a quick question… How is caring for animals rebut caring for humans? Really? Do you know what organizations that every PETA member is involved in? I was always raised to NEVER trust anyone that can hurt an animal..they like children are defenceless. Great leaders such as Ghandi and Abraham Lincoln were vegetarian and stuanch animal supporters does that make them no less a greater inspiration for human rights? No. And Neshoba you should check out PETA’s 500 companies that DONT test on animals. Its pretty frickin easy to be cruelty free now a day if you look intobut you strike me as the type of person to put your own comfort and convenience. At the end of the day we its not about refraining from all things animal which is obviously ideal its about making educated and compassionate choices.

  • keith says:

    Ride On ” Brandon Becker ” spot on with your analogy just a sick marketing ploy that means very little for Animal Welfare.

  • Dr. Robby Simpson says:

    I understand loving your pet I have three wonderful dogs. But people have the right to wear what they want if their money can buy the best then wear the best if that means fur so be it. I rather spend my time on saving children than animals. Save them .then start on the rest.

  • indycar01 says:

    YAAA!.. vegan by design! pcrm.org now if ole tetter will juz go that last step and offer vegan burgers hot dogs ect.. foods..

  • Trey says:

    Brandon I couldn’t agree with you more. True I want the least suffering possible but I get no joy in these stories. No matter how its spun meat is still murder and murder is still cruel. Also what about all the processed foods these cooperate giants like Safeway and Harris Teeter sell is SPAM cruelty free? Of course not I will applaud these stores when they don’t sell any meat.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    Harris Teeter does what all publicly traded corporations are legally required to do put profits first. It is likely that they believe that by announcing these marginal reforms if they actually get implemented and if they actually reduce suffering is another question it will increase their bottom line possibly through positive public relations that will drive increased consumer demand. As more and more people go vegan the flesh dairy and egg industries will reform themselves to stay profitable. If you merely want to reform this unjust system go vegan. If you like me are not satisfied with anything less than total abolition the answer is the same go vegan.

  • John Carmody says:

    I agree whilst we’d love if the world went vegan we need to be realistic and realize that this is not going to happen over night BUT in the mean time lets try and make better changes for animals inside the factory farm and slaughterhouse although i am not sure if they actually work at all killing is killing but if we can eliminate the worse abuses then i hope it helps some what but again in the mean time it’s best we keep pushing vegan and vegetarianism to cut all the above out!