Bath Chronicle

Meat cam­paign­ers tar­get shopfront

- Business · Food Industry · Consumer Goods · Industries · Tesco · Amazon · Bathwick · United Kingdom · Keynsham

Green­peace Bath cov­ered Bath­wick Hill Tesco’s shopfront with a poster pro­mot­ing a pe­ti­tion to call upon the re­tailer’s CEO to cut links with “for­est de­stroy­ers”.

On Mon­day, posters ap­peared on the front win­dow of the store, claim­ing that Tesco sells in­dus­trial meat linked to de­for­esta­tion in the Ama­zon.

The posters were ac­com­pa­nied by a let­ter from Green­peace UK ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Sau­ven to Tesco’s new global CEO Ken Mur­phy say­ing that cus­tomers want Tesco to drop for­est de­stroy­ers from its sup­ply chains and re­duce the amount of meat it sells by at least half – start­ing with phas­ing out in­dus­tri­ally pro­duced meat.

Anna, from Keyn­sham, said: “I found it im­pos­si­ble to sim­ply walk past this shock­ing im­age of the Ama­zon burn­ing to clear land to pro­duce in­dus­trial meat. The mes­sage to Tesco’s new CEO Ken Mur­phy couldn’t be clearer. Tesco must drop for­est de­stroy­ers al­to­gether and stop sell­ing in­dus­trial meat.’’

Green­peace Bath said: “Tesco promised to end its part in de­for­esta­tion for com­modi­ties such as soya by 2020, but in 2018 it qui­etly changed that goal to 2025 and still has not pub­lished a cred­i­ble plan to show how this will be achieved.”

Anna said: “The Ama­zon is more than 5,000 miles away, but the prod­ucts in our lo­cal Tesco and on our din­ner plates are fu­elling rain­for­est de­struc­tion.

“I am re­duc­ing my meat con­sump­tion be­cause I can­not keep eat­ing prod­ucts that I know have con­trib­uted to for­est de­struc­tion, and there­fore to the cli­mate emer­gency.

“Please join me in eat­ing less meat, and sign our pe­ti­tion to su­per­mar­ket chains and fast food com­pa­nies on cut­ting for­est de­stroy­ers from their sup­ply chains.’’

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