The Humane Society of the United States says there’s a “national movement” toward using cage-free eggs.
In a press release, HSUS reports that several major corporations and restaurant chains are using cage-free eggs. The list includes: Unilever, Sara Lee, Subway, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Quiznos, Golden Corral, Sonic, Burger King and private labels from Wal-Mart and Costco.
Now, we can add one more.
Kraft Foods has decided to switch one million eggs within its supply chain to cage-free eggs in 2011. (As an aside, it’s also worth noting that earlier this fall, Kraft Foods was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth year in a row.)
“We recognize that animal welfare is an issue that resonates with customers, and we’re taking this step to address their concerns,” Steve Yucknut, Vice President of Sustainability at Kraft Foods, said.
State governments are also joining in on the cage-free movement. Michigan and California have passed laws to outlaw cage confinement of hens, and Ohio’s governor announced his support for a moratorium on the construction of any new cage layer facilities. Additionally, California recently enacted a law requiring that all whole eggs sold statewide be cage-free by 2015.
As the HSUS states, even though cage-free does not necessarily mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens are able to lay their eggs in nests, run and spread their wings –all tangible benefits that shouldn’t be underestimated.