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December 30, 2009

House of Blues Rocks New Cage-Free Egg Policy

Concert venue chain House of Blues has hatched the entertainment industry's first-ever exclusively cage-free egg policy for the food it serves customers. This initiative will be effective January 1st.

The Humane Society of the United States—which helped House of Blues develop its new policy—applauds the company for ending its use of eggs from hens confined in tiny battery cages that provide each bird less space than a sheet of paper for her entire life.

"By switching to cage-free eggs, House of Blues has taken an important stand against one of the most inhumane factory farming practices," said Matthew Prescott, corporate outreach director of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "We applaud House of Blues and hope other entertainment companies will follow its lead with the food they sell."

House of Blues—which is owned by Live Nation, the world's largest live music company—uses more than 2 million eggs each year for its dining menu and "Gospel Brunch" buffet.

Many national restaurant chains—including Burger King, Red Robin, Wendy's, Quiznos, Denny's, Hardee's and Carl's Jr.—have also started using cage-free eggs.

In a landslide vote last year, nearly 64 percent of California voters passed the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, criminalizing battery cage confinement statewide (with a phase-out). And in October, Michigan's governor signed legislation that similarly phases out battery cages.

Facts

  • U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in barren battery cages so small, they can't even spread their wings. Extensive scientific research confirms this causes suffering.
  • Cage-free hens generally have two to three times more space per bird than caged hens. Cage-free hens may not be able to go outside and may have parts of their beaks cut off, but they can walk, spread their wings, and lay their eggs in nests—all behaviors permanently denied to hens crammed into battery cages.

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