Ethical Consumer calls for a consumer dairy boycott during the 2018 cull.
Ethical Consumer is calling for a boycott of dairy products for the duration of the 2018 badger cull.
The 2018 badger cull is set to be the bloodiest yet. Not only have the number of cull zones been significantly increased (from 2 to 21, including low-risk areas), but under new guidelines farmers will be eligible for a £50 payment for every badger they kill.
Last year 19,724 badgers were killed in the cull. Yet the cull has made no measurable difference to rates of bTB to date. This supports one study’s findings that “only 5.7% of bTB outbreaks in cattleare caused by direct transmission from badgers”. Campaigners suggest that badgers are being used as a scapegoat to appease the dairy industry.
"Bovine TB is an infectious disease which is spread through poor farming practices and not — as the Government would have you believe — by badgers. Dairy cows are kept in dirty and crowded conditions, meaning cattle are riddled with disease and exhausted from being overworked. In addition to these inhumane living conditions, grossly inaccurate TB tests lead to diseased cattle being transported around the UK and infecting new herds." - Viva!
Pledge your Support
In a recent survey we conducted with our readers, 91% supported the idea of a dairy boycott. If you also wish to take part in this boycott take the pledge now and tweet this message - “I’m supporting Ethical Consumer’s #dairyboycott in response to the 2018 badger cull – join me and take the pledge!”
— Ethical Consumer (@EC_magazine) September 7, 2018
Contact the Companies
The coalition is also calling on consumers to contact five of the biggest dairy-selling companies sourcing from the UK asking them to speak up against the cull.
Arla sells an array of milk, cheese, butter, creams and spreads under different brands around the world. Originally founded in Denmark and Sweden, Arla is a European dairy co-operative owned by its 12,000 farmers. Of these, 2,500 are based in the UK. Nine out of 10 litres of its milk comes from its farmer owners. Arla owns the brands Cravendale, Anchor and Skyr as well as its own-branded products. It is the UK’s largest seller of milk, with a market share worth £236 million in 2017/18.2 The company receives an ethiscore of 6.5 and loses full marks under both Animal Rights and Factory Farming. In April 2018, the Advertising Standards Agency upheld a complaint against the company, that a claim ‘“Good for the land… helping support a more sustainable future” was misleading. We ask it to speak out against unsustainable 2018 badger cull.
Tweet to @ArlaDairyUK Arla to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
Müller dominates the yoghurt market in the UK since 1995, with sales worth £344million in 2017/18. It is also the second largest company for milk in the UK. Originating as a single German dairy, Müller extended its operations to the UK in 1987. The company has been acquiring dairies in the country ever since, with the purchase of Robert Wiseman Dairies in 2012 and Diary Crest’s dairy operations in 2015. In 2013, it began building the UK’s largest butter facility, based in Shropshire. Müller receives an ethiscore of 7.5 and loses full marks under both Animal Rights and Factory Farming. It brands include Müllerlight, Corner Yoghurts, Little Stars and Frijj. We ask it to speak out against unsustainable 2018 badger cull.
Send Muller an email to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
Tweet to @MullerUKandI Müller to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
Dairy Crest’s Cathedral City brand is the best selling cheese in the UK, with sales of £263million in 2016/17. Although the company no longer owns dairies of its own, having sold them to Müller in 2015, it is one of the largest dairy buyers in the UK. Each year it buys a whopping 500million litres of milk from dairy farmers based in the South West. It owns the Cathedral City, Clover, CountryLife, Vitalite, Willow, Utterly Butterly, FryLight and Davidstow brands. The company receives an ethiscore of 8 and loses full marks under both Animal Rights and Factory Farming. We ask it to speak out against unsustainable 2018 badger cull.
Send Cathedral City an email to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
Tweet to @CathedralCity Cathedral City to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
As the country’s biggest supermarket, Tesco is one of the largest retailers of dairy products in the UK. The company has been repeatedly criticised for squeezing its suppliers. In 2016, an investigation into the company found that it had delaying payments to suppliers and demanding “arbitrary unjustified cash payments”. in fact, the company, which has an annual turnover of £75 billion, receives an ethiscore of just 1. It sources 100% of its milk in the UK, from 600 suppliers across the country. Tesco is working with the farmers through its ‘Sustainable Dairy Group’. We ask it to speak out against unsustainable 2018 badger cull.
Tweet to @Tesco Tesco to tell them you are boycotting dairy.
Sainbury’s is the second largest supermarket in the UK, and is set to grow after it announced plans to buy Asda in May 2018. It receives an ethiscore of 2.5, and has had extensive criticism for workers’ rights abuses in its supply chains abroad: forced labour by its beef supplier and sexual harassment and refusal of basic labour rights in its fabric supply chains, among several other things. In 2015, the company purchased over 480 million litres of milk from its 260 UK farmers. We ask it to speak out against unsustainable 2018 badger cull.
Email Sainsbury's to tell them you are boycotting dairy products.
Tweet to @sainsburys Sainsbury's to tell them you are boycotting dairy.