In June 2018 Ethical Consumer received a questionaire response which stated: "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position." Ethical Consumer also viewed the animal welfare policy found on Casual Dining Group's website which stated that "We insist that all UK and overseas suppliers comply with UK and EU legal welfare requirements as a minimum. In addition, our farms uphold the principles of the RSPCA’s Five Freedoms to ensure the health and welfare of animals throughout our supply chain. These standards are independently audited by certification bodies."

However, Ethical Consumer in January 2019 viewed the menus for Casual Dining Group's brands and saw that the companies were selling meat and dairy products not labelled as organic or free range.

As a result Casual Dining Group was marked down under Animal Rights and Factory Farming and lost a whole mark in each of these categories.

Reference:

www.casualdininggroup.com (28 June 2018)

In June 2018 Ethical Consumer recieved a questionnaire response from Las Iguanas. It stated that "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position."

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Las Iguanas website and saw that it was selling meat and other dairy products that were not labelled organic or free range and therefore assumed that these were sourced from factory farming.

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. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed. The Las Ignuanas website stated that it tried to be GM-free. However, it did not make any committment, and did not mention GM animal feed.

As a result Las Iguanas was marked down under Animal Rights and Factory Farming and lost a whole mark under each category. It also lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

Ethical COnsumer Questionnaire (28 June 2018)

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Bella Italia's website, www.bellaitalia.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, pork, beef, squid, duck, lamb, prawns and free range eggs. With the exception of eggs, no animal products were labelled organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be factory farmed animals and as a result Bella Italia lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and under Factory Farming.

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. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by Bella Italia were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this and the use of 'wherever possible' implied that it was not strictly enforced. The FAQ section of the website, viewed in January 2019, stated 'None of our menus contain genetically modified ingredients.' However, no mention of GM animal feed was made. The company therefore lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

www.bellaitalia.co.uk (15 January 2019)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed the Alibris www.alibris.com website and found that the company sold leather-bound books, however, it was not considered to form a substantial part of its business. As a result the company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.
It also lost half a mark Pollution and Toxics category for the following reason. Leather, as the hide of a dead animal, naturally decomposes. To prevent this decomposition the leather industry uses a cocktail of harmful chemicals to preserve leather, including trivalent chromium sulphate, sodium sulphide, sodium sulfhydrate, arsenic and cyanide. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime sludge and acids. These can all pollute the land, air and water supply, making it a highly polluting industry.

Reference:

www.alibris.com (14 August 2018)

In June 2018 Ethical Consumer recieved a questionnaire response from Las Iguanas. It stated that "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position."

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Las Iguanas website and saw that it was selling meat and other dairy products that were not labelled organic or free range and therefore assumed that these were sourced from factory farming.

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. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed. The Las Ignuanas website stated that it tried to be GM-free. However, it did not make any committment, and did not mention GM animal feed.

As a result Las Iguanas was marked down under Animal Rights and Factory Farming and lost a whole mark under each category. It also lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

Ethical COnsumer Questionnaire (28 June 2018)

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Bella Italia's website, www.bellaitalia.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, pork, beef, squid, duck, lamb, prawns and free range eggs. With the exception of eggs, no animal products were labelled organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be factory farmed animals and as a result Bella Italia lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and under Factory Farming.

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. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by Bella Italia were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this and the use of 'wherever possible' implied that it was not strictly enforced. The FAQ section of the website, viewed in January 2019, stated 'None of our menus contain genetically modified ingredients.' However, no mention of GM animal feed was made. The company therefore lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

www.bellaitalia.co.uk (15 January 2019)