When Amazon purchased Whole Foods last month, it didn’t just get the retail locations. It picked up Whole Foods’s baggage as well. Among the bigger issues inherited by Amazon appears to be a four-month investigation from the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere that challenges Whole Foods’s core selling point of healthy and humane food.
The group reported that it found no indications of outdoor living, such as feathers or fecal matter. Twenty-four hour surveillance cameras attached to six separate locations revealed no outdoor birds either, the activists said. Instead, chickens were packed shoulder-to-shoulder inside dusty sheds with degraded air quality, forced to challenge one another for access to food and water. Read more from The Intercept here.
A DxE investigation of a free-range, slow-growth chicken farm found thousands of birds crowded in filthy sheds. Undercover cameras placed outside the barn show that the animals were never allowed outside.
Lauded for its supposed humane treatment of animals, Pitman Family Farms is the most prominent supplier of free-range, slow-growth chicken to retailers like Whole Foods.
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A Whole Foods Market Group policy that bars employees from recording is unlawful and could create a “chill” for workers to express their rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision that said instructions in the national grocer’s handbook violated the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees workers the right to engage in protected concerted activity, including the discussion of terms and condition of their employment. Read more from The National Law Journal here.
More than 900 customers have signed a petition to save the newsstand that’s been ordered to vacate the Whole Foods parking lot on San Vicente Boulevard in the heart of the hamlet. Another petition has drawn roughly 500 signatures at change.org. The rabid defenders range from people you’ve never heard of to big-name celebs. Read more from Steve Lopez at the LA Times here. The petition is available here.
After Advocacy groups urge Commonwealth Club to cancel Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in conversation with Dean Ornish, Mr. Ornish berates a volunteer with the advocacy group. Read more in Nancy Levine's post here.
Robert Grillo, author of the new book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture, was startled by the level of humane-washing deception in this case. Read more here.
Today, the Boulder, CO police department issued warrants for the arrest of two activists following a protest at Whole Foods’ Ideal Market in Boulder. Press release here.
DxE filed a lawsuit today against Whole Foods supplier Diestel Turkey Ranch for deceiving the public with misleading animal welfare statements such as "range-grown" and "humanely-raised." The suit, which was based on DxE's groundbreaking investigation of a "best of the best" turkey farm, may be the first of many, as more and more consumer protection firms are reaching out to express interest in challenging the humane fraud. Read more and sign the petition here. Here is the PRESS RELEASE.
This week, at the Sundance Film Festival, everything will change. With the debut of the virtual reality (VR) investigation Operation Aspen, ordinary people donning VR headsets will be able to walk with activists as we infiltrate Sunrise Farms, a major Whole Foods egg supplier in Northern California. Read the article in Huffington Post here.
Activists from Direct Action Everywhere release another investigation into a Whole Foods "humane & cage-free" egg farm. You can read about the investigation and see the VR video of the "farm" here.