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February 24, 2009

Two More Popular San Francisco Restaurants Say "No" to Battery Eggs

The Humane Society of the United States

Two of San Francisco's highest-profile restaurants have earned another distinction: they've joined  the growing list of restaurants that have ended their use of eggs from caged hens.

Landmark Restaurant Joins Landmark Movement

Award-winning Cliff House—a historical landmark featured in the movie Harold and Maude—now uses exclusively cage-free eggs instead of eggs from caged hens. The restaurant uses about 400,000 eggs per year.

Cliff House executive chef Kevin Weber says, "Ending our use of eggs from caged hens is something I strongly believe in, and our new policy is simply the right thing to do."

Popular Union Square Destination Makes the Switch

Kuleto's—a popular fine-dining destination and Union Square fixture—has done the same. It uses more than 100,000 eggs per year.

Kuleto's  executive chef Robert Helstrom states, "Animal welfare has always been important to us at Kuleto's, and with Prop 2's overwhelming passage we saw how much our customers care about this issue. This is why I'm proud of Kuleto's switch to using only cage-free eggs."

A Growing Trend

Other popular San Francisco restaurants have passed similar policies, San Francisco universities like San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco use cage-free eggs in their cafeterias, and local retailers like Rainbow Foods and Andronico's have stopped selling eggs from caged hens. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has also passed a resolution condemning battery cages and asking egg consumers not to purchase eggs from caged hens.

This is good news, since nearly all of the country's egg-laying hens are stuffed into battery cages so tiny, they can barely move. By changing their egg purchasing to cage-free, Cliff House and Kuleto's have made an important improvement in the lives of these animals.

Prop 2 Inspires Improvements

Karin Olsson is a San Francisco resident and outreach manager for The HSUS's factory farming campaign. She says, "It was a pleasure working with Cliff House and Kuleto's on developing their new policies, which will make a meaningful difference in the lives of egg-laying hens."

It's not just at the retail level that change is happening. Their new policies were inspired by the wildly popular Proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which passed in November 2008 with 63.5 percent of the vote. The measure criminalizes (with a phase-out) battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates.

What You Can Do

Want to work with your local restaurants on switching away from eggs from caged hens? Just let us know! We'll be happy to get you started.  

 

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