The FAQ section of The Coca Cola Company's website, www.coca-colacompany.com, viewed by Ethical Consumer in August 2017, stated "The Coca-Cola Company does not conduct any animal tests and does not directly fund any animal tests on its beverages. Where governmental agencies require animal tests to demonstrate ingredient safety, companies using those ingredients rely on third party testing.

... We encourage the use of alternative testing methods whenever and wherever possible and have financially supported research to develop these alternative methods."

No statement could be found that explicitly said that the company had a policy of not using ingredients that were tested on animals.

Reference:

Coca cola website (25 July 2016)

In October 2018 Ethical Consumer searched the Costa website. While the company did not have a food menu online, the terms and conditions page of various Costa promotions listed a number of items containing meat and dairy that were not certified organic or free range. In absence of a statement stating otherwise, Ethical Consumer assumed it highly likely that these products were derived from factory farmed animals. The company therefore lost marks in the Animal Rights and Factory Farming categories.

In addition, in March 2015 the British government website, www.food.gov.uk, stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Costa had no policy or statement regarding GMOs in products or animal feed. Ethical Consumer therefore felt it highly likely that Costa animal products were raised with the use of GM feed and it therefore lost half a mark in the Controversial Technology category.

Reference:

www.costa.co.uk (4 October 2018)

The FAQ section of the company's website, www.coca-cola.co.uk, viewed by Ethical Consumer in August 2017, stated that some of the company's drinks contained small traces of fish gelatine, which was used as a stabiliser for the beta-carotene colour. These products were Lilt, Lilt Zero, Kia-Ora Orange Squash No Added Sugar and Schweppes Orange Squash. The company therefore lost half a mark in the Animal Rights category, for the use of slaughterhouse biproducts.

Reference:

www.coca-cola.co.uk (23 August 2017)

According to SHARK's website, www.sharkonline.org, viewed by Ethical Consumer August 2017, Coca-Cola was a prominently displayed major sponsor at many of the world's largest rodeos, such as the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Houston Rodeo. SHARK has documented abuse, injuries, and deaths at rodeos around the country. In defence Coca Cola claimed that bottlers were able to do their own independent advertising without violating Coke's Animal Welfare Policy.

Reference:

Shark online (26 July 2016)