Hugh loses Tesco fight - for now

PUBLISHED: 13:56 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's call for Tesco to improve welfare standards for chickens have fallen flat after shareholders voted against the resolution.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's call for Tesco to improve welfare standards for chickens have fallen flat after shareholders voted against the resolution.The Axminster businessman wanted the company to comply with the minimum conditions on rearing birds laid down by the RSPCA, but less than 10 per cent supported the motion at the supermarket's annual general meeting.Only weeks ago,the chef, who is a Tesco shareholder, raised the supermarket's requested £86,888 to put his concerns on the table.Tesco says it is sourcing more chicken from farms with the highest standards but to do so universally straight away would force up the price of chickens - at a time when its customers are facing the effects of the credit crunch.The River Cottage presenter said he was disappointed by the decision but encouraged by other changes taking place in Tesco's policies. He called on Tesco to make real changes in the upcoming months.

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