Ensuring the well-being of the livestock and poultry under our care is an uncompromising commitment at JBS USA. We continually strive to improve our welfare efforts through new technologies and the implementation of standards that meet and often exceed regulatory requirements and industry guidelines.
We have established and implemented animal welfare policies and programs in all our business units to further promote the humane treatment of animals. Our animal welfare programs lay out the appropriate practices, controls, training and documentation, and are motivated by the Five Freedoms:
- Freedom to express natural behavior
- Freedom from injury and disease
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from thirst and hunger
- Freedom from fear and distress
To continually improve the well-being of our animals, we have set 2020 animal welfare goals according to the JBS USA Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard as part of our Sustainable Management System in the U.S. and Canada.
The scorecard was developed by our JBS USA animal welfare team and uses a combined 19 indicators selected for their importance to the health and welfare of our animals. The indicators are weighed on a 100-point scale across eight main areas of importance, including regulatory compliance, audits (internal and third-party), losses, priority indicators, investment, transportation, management and health.