Consumers are increasingly concerned about animal welfare, and surveys have shown that the public strongly opposes cramming animals into cages so small they can barely move their limbs.
It’s this growing sentiment that has spurred nearly 100 major restaurants, retailers, and foodservice companies to commit to cage-free egg policies, sparing millions of hens a life of suffering.
Stuffed into cages so small the birds can’t walk, spread their wings, or engage in other natural behaviors, hens on egg factory farms are subjected to unspeakable cruelty and neglect.
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That’s why MFA is encouraging the biggest players in the food industry to phase cruel cages out of their egg supply chains.
Our efforts have convinced three of the world’s largest food companies, Nestlé, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s, to adopt cage-free egg policies. We also helped secure cage-free commitments from mega retailer Costco and foodservice giants Aramark and Sodexo.
Many leading brands in the food manufacturing and restaurant sectors, including Kellogg’s, Burger King, General Mills, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Campbell Soup, and Caribou Coffee, have made cage-free commitments. The majority of the top 50 foodservice companies have done the same. Taco Bell has set the most aggressive phase-out deadline yet, pledging to use 100 percent cage-free eggs by the end of 2016.
These groundbreaking policies have helped create a tipping point that has all but ensured the end of battery cages throughout the entire egg industry.
With these announcements, it’s never been clearer that the days are numbered for egg factory farmers who pack birds into tiny wire battery cages.
While these commitments are certainly a step in the right direction, cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free. Ultimately, the best way to prevent animal suffering is to leave meat, dairy, and eggs off your plate.