Humane League calls on major food companies to fulfil cage-free commitments

34.8% of US eggs come from cage-free flocks
calendar icon 8 February 2023
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The Humane League, a global animal welfare nonprofit, announced the release of their 2023 Cage-Free Eggposé yesterday. The report finds that, despite companies pledging to source 100% cage-free eggs from their supply chains in recent years, some are failing to provide adequate information about their egg-sourcing practices. Humane League said that exposing these companies highlights the importance of transparency in the food industry and the responsibility of companies to be accountable for the welfare of animals in their supply chains.

"This report exposes the disturbing reality of the food service industry and calls into question the honesty and integrity of the companies involved," said Kelly Myers, Director of Corporate Engagement, The Humane League. "Intense public pressure to end cruel practices in animal agriculture has led to nearly all major food companies in the United States committing to phasing out battery cages from their supply chains. The companies in our report should be able to report progress publicly."

The list of companies that haven't met their commitments includes: Wendy's, InterContinential Hotels Group and Hy-Vee, among others.

More than 400 restaurant chains, retailers, manufacturers, hospitality, and foodservice companies — including the largest egg producer in the US — have responded by making public commitments to eliminate caged eggs from their supply chains, and 34.8% of US eggs come from cage-free flocks. Additionally, ten states are banning the practice of caging egg-laying hens.

The Humane League called on all companies publicly pledged to eliminate caged eggs from their supply chains to be transparent by disclosing their progress to consumers and shareholders.

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