In November 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Lidl UK's website for its animal testing policy. The company's Farm Animal Health and Welfare Policy (2020) was viewed.

This policy stated:

"At Lidl GB we do not support animal testing and recognise that our customers are strongly opposed to the use of animals for the testing and development of products. For this reason and in compliance with the 2013 EU ban on animal testing, we do not carry out or commission any such testing on our own-brand products or the ingredients they contain. Suppliers to Lidl GB must ensure that cosmetic and personal care products, including their ingredients, have not been tested on animals with the cut-off-date of March 2013 or earlier."

The company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for Animal Testing.

Reference:

corporate.lidl.co.uk (2020)

Lidl did not reply to Ethical Consumer in July 2005 when asked whether it had an animal welfare policy, neither could the information be found on the company website www.lidl.co.uk when viewed by Ethical Consumer in August 2005. It was therefore assumed that the company sold meat that had come from factory farmed animals.

Reference:

97 Nov/Dec 2005 (November 2005)

In December 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed an article on the Independent website titled "Nando’s and Asda chicken: Birds ‘stepped on and left convulsing and wounded in scenes of suffering and cannibalism" and dated May 2019.

It reported: "Workers on chicken farms supplying Nando’s, Asda and Lidl have been filmed leaving a bird convulsing after breaking its neck, stepping on the animals necks and throwing sick ones onto piles, footage from an animal rights group shows."

It went on to report that "The “harrowing scenes of painful abuse” were shot in two separate investigations at farms run by one of the UK’s largest food businesses and endorsed by the Red Tractor scheme."

Lidl responded: ""Lidl referred to a British Retail Consortium statement that said: “Our members take their responsibilities to animal welfare very seriously. “Any breaches to animal welfare are totally unacceptable and should be investigated immediately, with swift action taken to rectify any issues.”"

As a result the company lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and a whole mark under Factory Farming.

Reference:

Nando’s and Asda chicken: Birds ‘stepped on and left convulsing and wounded in scenes of suffering a

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Lidl's website for a policy on bee welfare. No information could be found. Due to bee welfare issues associated with honey production such as bee mutilation and the killing of drones, colonies or brood to ensure maximum honey yield, Ethical Consumer felt it necessary for companies selling own brand honey to have a policy ensuring this was not happening in their supply chain.
The company lost half a mark under Animal Rights.

Reference:

https://www.lidl.co.uk (22 January 2019)

In April 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed the 2017 'The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare' (BBFAW) report.
BBFAW was supported by Compassion in World Farming, World Animal Protection and Coller Capital, and aimed to "drive higher farm animal welfare standards in the world’s leading food businesses" by providing "an annual, objective, independent assessment of farm animal welfare management, policy commitment, performance and disclosure in food companies."

The Benchmark assessed company approaches to farm animal welfare on the basis of their published information in four core areas: Management Commitment and Policy; Governance and Management; Leadership and Innovation; Performance Reporting and Impact.
In total, 110 companies were assessed according to their published information and ranked from Tier 1 (indicating companies that have taken a leadership position), down to Tier 6 (farm animal welfare does not appear to be recognised as a business issue).

Kaufland was ranked as 'Tier 3: Established but Work to be Done', and did not make progress since the 2016 BBFAW report.
Tier 3 in the Benchmark indicated companies had an established approach to a farm animal welfare but had more work to do to ensure it was effectively implemented.

Ethical Consumer felt that companies rated Tier 3 and below needed to demonstrate more progess before being considered 'leaders' in regard to animal welfare policies and practice. Tier 3-6 companies therefore lost a whole mark under the Animal Rights category.

Reference:

2017 BBFAW Report (2017)