Legendary wildlife enthusiast, actor and author, Bill Oddie hosted the launch of Compassion in World Farming’s new Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards at St Paul’s Cathedral last night (14th July).
Around 30 award winners received their awards at the landmark venue and are set to benefit over 174 million animals with their policies. The winners included Waitrose for Most Compassionate Supermarket, with Compass Group clients Coca Cola and the Met Office were among the winners of Good Egg Awards and The Cooperative Food, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s among Good Chicken Award winners.*
In previous years, Compassion presented only Good Egg Awards. This year for the first time, the ceremony congratulated organisations in three categories, The Good Egg Award, The Good Chicken Award and The Supermarket Awards.
Rowen West-Henzell, Head of Food Business said: ‘We were thrilled to have so many great companies winning awards and making such a positive difference to millions of farm animals every year.’
Marc Abraham (aka Marc the Vet), Juliet Johns (Professional Model), Paul Merrett (Celebrity Chef) and Caroline Bretherton (Food Writer) presented the awards alongside our host Bill Oddie. A host of celebrities and high profile supporters attended the event.
Compassion in World Farming patron Joanna Lumley OBE also sent her regards to guests in a short film.
Leading actor Richard E. Grant said “Congratulations to all the Compassion in World Farming Good Farm Animal Welfare nominees. The decisions you have made towards better food sourcing are leading the way to better welfare standards for animals. Long may it continue”.