Following discussions with Mercy For Animals, Tim Hortons, one of the largest and most influential restaurant chains in North America, has announced a commitment to improving animal welfare in its Canadian, U.S., and Mexican supply chains by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025. This commitment also applies to suppliers for Burger King, its sister company.
The new cage-free commitment by Tim Hortons follows similar announcements by Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s. In fact, nearly 100 major restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers, and foodservice companies have pledged to go cage-free.
Hens on egg factory farms are stuffed into cages so small they can’t walk, spread their wings, or engage in other simple natural behaviors. Many birds become trapped in the cage wire or under feed trays. Dead hens are often left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption.
While cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free, this commitment from Tim Hortons will reduce the suffering of countless hens and hopefully inspire other food companies to adopt similar policies. It’s high time that Safeway listened to consumers and adopted a cage-free egg policy of its own.
Tell Safeway to stop making life hell for hens by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs:
The best way to protect chickens and all farmed animals is to leave their products off your plate. Try these 10 delicious egg recipes without the eggs.