b'OUR POSITION ON ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE Our animal care and welfare programs encompass all phases, including breeder operations, hatchery, appropriate comfort and shelter on the farms, comprehensive veterinary care and health monitoring, nutrition, catching, transportation and harvesting. All of the animals for our products are raised:Without the use of crates or cages, including gestation and farrowing crates for sowsWithout drugs for growth promotion (Federal law prohibits the use of hormones and steroids n poultry and pork, and we also dont use any growth promoting drugs, including beta antagonistsior ractopamine.) With an emphasis on the freedom to express natural behaviorsOn an all-vegetarian-diet with no animal by-productsIn audited and verified animal care programs. Our approach to animal care is a process of continuous improvement involving a wide range of stakeholders, with a commitment to transparency. We believe that welfare goes beyond meeting the physical needs of animals and that success is measured by more than efficiency and productivity. This includes our Perdue Commitments to Animal Care program, an ongoing effort that is changing the way we raise chickens. Mistreatment or abuse of animals is never tolerated. All associates handling live animals are provided training, including their responsibility to report any violations of our animal welfare policies. The farmers who raise animals for us share equal responsibility to provide care according to our best practices and standards, and to alert us to any issues involving animal health or welfare. As part of our commitment to meeting the demand for chickens raised to higher welfare standards,we continue to study alternative and slower-growing chicken breeds. 40 ANIMAL CARE'