- Chief Executive, Tesco
- Chief Executive, Tesco
End the sales of eggs from caged hens in Tesco
I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact. Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.
Pay out Martin Craddock's Pension
A few months ago my brother Martin was told that he had less than 3 months to live due to an aggressive melanoma cancer. It was devastating news. Martin had previously worked at Tesco's for 9 years as a General Assistant and had some comfort knowing his family would receive his pension. But instead of mourning our brother, my family is now fighting with Tesco to get his pension. When Martin was diagnosed immediately applied to cash in his pension fund to pay for the inevitable costs of his illness. He filled out a Serious Ill Health form which would have given him a lump sum total of approximately £9000. As the weeks went by, his health continued to deteriorate -- there was no reply from Tesco of the Ill Health claim so we assumed it had just gone through and were waiting for the payout. We kept them updated as to his deteriorating condition by sending them copies of medical reports but still heard nothing back from Tesco. Tragically Martin passed away on 20th February. When we notified Tesco and highlighted that these funds were needed for the funeral costs to which over 250 people attended, they responded with a generic letter stating: ‘when Martin Craddock worked for Tesco he was in the Tesco pension scheme. You will receive a payment of £2471.’ Martin was paid £6500 less than the amount due and there was no acknowledgment at all of his Serious Ill Health claim. After 6 letters and 12 phone calls the response given was that Tesco had sent a form to Martin’s GP without notifying him. In all the time he was trying to find out what Tesco needed they ignored him when he could have chased his doctor to respond to Tesco’s requests. I know it devastated Martin’s former colleagues when he passed away -- so many Tesco employees came to the funeral. But this kind of loyalty and dedication seems to mean nothing to the company. This isn't just for Martin but for any other families at such a difficult time being stuck not being able to pay funeral expenses. We’re being made to fight futile bureaucratic nonsense when we are supposed to be grieving and coming to terms with losing our loved one. Martin deserves more than this from the employer he to whom he dedicated 9 years of his life.
Get Tesco to restock British sugar
Supermarket giant Tesco has decided to stop selling Silver Spoon sugar – even though one of its biggest stores is next to the British Sugar factory that makes it in the heart of East Anglia’s beet growing region. Rather than stocking bags of granulated Silver Spoon sugar made from British sugar beet, Tesco is stocking imported sugar refined in east London by Tate & Lyle from cane grown as far as 5,000 miles away in countries such as Belize. Please support our British farmers by signing and sharing this petition and see if we can get Tesco to change its mind.
A plastic free aisle in Tesco - Henley on Thames
There is a genuine interest and desire for less disposable plastic here in our town Henley on Thames. We are all looking at ways to make personal changes however most of us fall short when it comes to shopping. We would like to be given the opportunity to buy plastic-free packaged products and this petition is asking for a plastic free aisle at the Tesco supermarket in Henley on Thames. We ask to be given the chance to do our shopping in a convenient setting such as Tesco, without having to compromise on buying foods wrapped in disposable plastics. Disposable plastics are ultimately terrible for our environment, wildlife and oceans, however people's lives have become so busy that going to the supermarket is often the only option for shopping. We therefore ask that the supermarket itself now gives us the chance to buy without plastic by providing us with an aisle of plastic free alternatives, in both loose foods form so that we could use our own containers and/or in biodegradeable packing. Thank you.
End the use of eggs from caged and barn kept hens in Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and Asda
This isn’t just another petition. This petition can change the lives of billions of hens. We are a group of 14 and 15 year old boys who are working to stop the abuse of egg-laying hens in factory farms. We are determined to expose the cruelty in egg production across the UK. We want the compassionate British public to call on supermarkets to stop the use of cruelly-produced eggs as ingredients in their products and tell them to opt for free-range eggs instead. If we can get enough signatures for our petition, then we are certain that shops will take note and will listen to the demands of the people. Many supermarkets have signed up to cage-free agreements which mean they will cease selling eggs from caged hens. However, this agreement does not include the supermarkets’ use of eggs as an ingredient in products, for instance in their ready meals, baked goods and sandwiches. We want Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons to promise to stop using cruelly-produced eggs in their own-brand products, just as they have agreed to stop selling these eggs. Although battery cages were banned in 2012, they were replaced by so-called ‘enriched cages’ which are only marginally larger. Terrible practices such as de-beaking and cramped conditions are still commonplace. Supermarkets often state that their products contain ‘Barn’ eggs – in this instance the animals are not caged but they still suffer from terribly overcrowded conditions and no access to the outside. We argue that the only right and ethical option is to use free-range eggs as an ingredient, whereby animals have the freedom to display natural behaviour and roam outside. There is a huge amount of scientific evidence to show that hens are intelligent, sensitive creatures that deserve to live lives free of cruelty and suffering. They can perform tricks and they can even remember faces. These wonderful animals deserve to live free of suffering and pain. Knowing how smart and complex these animals are makes us even more determined to ban cruelly-produced eggs in supermarket products. Hens which are kept in cages live their entire lives in terrible conditions. They are often kept in the dark and are packed so tightly that they start to behave aggressively and attack each other. In fact hens in cages and barns routinely have their beaks cruelly trimmed precisely so they do not peck each other in this cramped environment. Some even turn to cannibalisation. Disease is also common and many birds have terrible injuries or die slow deaths. Caged hens also have no opportunity to exhibit natural behaviour. Chickens like to scratch and forage, this means they enjoy pecking at the ground and finding worms and grubs to eat. They like to perch on different objects. They like to create their own nests. They like to clean themselves. They like to move about and explore new places. None of this is possible in a caged environment. Eggs produced in a barn environment are often just as cruel. Hens again have their beaks cruelly cut off (without any pain relief) and fighting, disease and injuries are all very common. There can be as many as 9 egg-laying hens per square metre. Hens suffer both physical and mental trauma as a result of living in cages and overcrowded barns and we are calling for supermarkets up and down Great Britain to stop funding these cruel systems by ending the use of these eggs in their products. We believe that this is just the start. If these big supermarkets listen to us then other shops, producers and restaurants will also have to follow their lead. Supermarkets like the Co-operative, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer already ensure that all their own-brand products use only free-range eggs. There is absolutely no reason why other supermarkets can’t do the same. We have it in our power to change the lives of billions of egg-laying hens. Together we can make a difference. Let’s do it!
Introduce high street refill stations for toiletries to reduce plastic waste
We are writing to a number of major cosmetics companies and retailers to ask that you consider installing refill stations for some of your most popular toiletry products such as shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, in the larger branches of high street retailers and supermarkets. As you must already be aware, molecules once made into plastic, will never fully biodegrade. Waste plastic is becoming a serious problem in our oceans and in landfill, and even the most ecologically conscious production of plastic bottles can only ensure a limited number of times for each item to be recycled before it inevitably becomes unusable. The recent Plastic Free July initiative shows a growing awareness and concern amongst the shopping public that plastic needs to be reduced, and we ask that you make further efforts to reduce the amount of plastic you are responsible for with the installation of a number of trial refill stations. A number of companies such as Ecover, already offer a refill service in some shops around the country, so it is possible to do, we would just like to see the idea trialled to see if it might reduce plastic production, after all, we don’t think anyone foresaw quite how significant the take up would be for reusable shopping bags until a small charge was introduced. Thank you for your time.
For the big six supermarkets to introduce more vegan meal deals to their ranges.
For too long vegans and those who regularly choose to forgo animal products have been pushed away from the convenience and affordability of the great staple of British cuisine - the supermarket meal deal. Typically priced at £3, the meal deal is the spiritual king of the UK and its al-desko culture. Beyond the often sold-out falafel and humous wrap, options for vegans are non-existent. This campaign hopes not only to cater for the half a million plus Britons living a meat and dairy free lifestyle, but to make vegan options visible, approachable and affordable. With our country's shelves brimming with ethical alternatives, the inconvenient and alien perception of veganism will begin to lift, and many more may choose to opt for a more environmentally and animal friendly lifestyle.
Signs & Monitoring of dogs being left in cars in supermarket car parks
Please have signs asking that dogs are not left in cars in your car parks and security personnel monitoring this.
Plastic bottle deposit scheme in the UK to encourage recycling
Many countries have a bottle deposit scheme. This means you pay a small deposit for the bottle packaging at the shop and, if you return the bottle later, you can get that deposit money back again. It works a little bit like the 5 pence charge on plastic bags, except, in this case - you can get the money back if you recycle! I experienced this when I lived in Germany and it works for a number of reasons: 1. It encourages recycling. In 2017, of the 38 countries that have this scheme, return rates were as high as 95%. (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxeWGVsm818) 2. It's great when you get a little money back! 3. Homeless people and anyone strapped for cash help out. Though I hate to think people are using this as their main source of income, it does work towards solving the environmental issue. People would actually come up to you and offer to recycle the bottle for you. 4. Supermarkets get customers coming back to their stores because often the bottle deposit machine is placed inside their stores. 5. It stops plastic bottles entering our oceans which is better for marine life and also for your beach holidays. So why don't we have this in the UK? I'd like to know because, Greenpeace shares, 35 million bottles get discarded every day in the UK. Please sign this petition to create change and stop waste. It's easy to be sceptical about how much a petition can really change things but: - this petition will be shared with many politicians, courtesy of Change.org - this petition will also encourage the University of Nottingham to trial and showcase how a plastic bottle deposit scheme could work for the rest of the UK. - If you want to see some examples of petitions that were successul in creating change, go to: https://www.change.org/en-GB/victories I also encourage sign Greenpeace's petition on the same topic, to create double the impact: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/bottle-deposit After researching the pros and cons of this scheme in other countries, I have developed a list of solutions to potential problems the UK may face when developing this scheme. Hence, this petition: 1. Does not support the collection of the bottles by any means that is not sustainable. (I.e. they must, for example, be collected by cars powered by electric made by a renewable source, or, by cycling couriers) 2. Supports including an option to give to charity on the machine. Upon every return machine there is a button which you can press which gives the money to charity instead of to yourself. For this, you don't get a reciept. They have a system like this at a university in Scotland and this lessens the amount of receipts printed. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Se-eWJcogQ&list=WL&index=96&t=1s) 3. Supports having a receipt-free machine. Rather than a receipt, this petition supports the money coming directly from the machine to stop wasting paper. 4. Supports a policy whereby those companies which are contributing highly to plastic waste, they must account for the cost of the deposit the customer would usually pay themselves. I.e. If company wants to sell their product in a completely non biodegradable plastic, they cannot demand that the consumer pay the deposit. Then, the customers simply get extra pocket money for recycling it. For every apparent problem, there must be a way of finding a solution! I'd love to hear other people's suggestions. :) Cheers for reading!
Scrap single-use plastic bags from Tesco online deliveries
On the 28th August 2017, Tesco replaced single-use carrier bags in store with a new 'Bag for Life' made from 94% recycled plastic and costing 10p. The news was welcomed by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey for continuing to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment and contributing further to the 83% decline in the number of single-use plastic bags taken home. However, online customers can still opt for single-use carrier bags and 43% do just that. It is unnecessary to bag the majority of items ordered for online deliveries, particularly fruits and vegetables with naturally protective skins. Producing plastic bags is energy intensive and recycling rates are very low due to the lack of local authorities around the UK able to facilitate this. We do not need to add any more single-use plastic bags into the mix. Tesco need to keep leading the way with progressive actions by extending their single-use carrier bag policy even further and scrapping the option for them from online deliveries. If you are a consumer who is increasingly concerned by the amount of plastic that you are inundated with on a daily basis, then please sign and share this petition. Big love, Bryony & Robyn