PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway stores here have recently adopted several new purchasing policies aimed at ensuring animal welfare. The new policies establish a preference for products like cage-free eggs, gestation crate-free pork, and poultry from suppliers that use controlled atmosphere stunning, which advocates say causes significantly less suffering than conventional poultry slaughter methods. Gestation crates are 2-foot-wide metal cages that confine millions of breeding pigs for nearly ...

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