February 11, 2010
HSI Praises Crowne Plaza Today-Gurgaon for Leadership in Animal Welfare
GURGAON — Humane Society International praised Crowne Plaza Today-Gurgaon for being the first in the Indian hospitality industry to initiate procurement of cage-free eggs. In doing so, the hotel joins an international movement against the cruel confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages.
The majority of egg-laying hens in India spend their lives crowded into cages so small, the birds can barely move more than a few inches or even stretch their wings. "Cage-free" eggs come from hens who move about freely within a shed. Public Relations Manager Aditi Das said the hotel's decision to initiate procurement of cage-free eggs results from "the desire to promote animal friendly products that are healthy for the guests and patrons of the hotel."
"Humane Society International commends Crowne Plaza's leadership in helping prevent one of the worst abuses of farmed animals," said N.G. Jayasimha, HSI's campaign manager in India. "Crowne Plaza is setting a positive example for others in the Indian hospitality industry to follow."
- India's factory farms confine more than 200 million hens in barren battery cages. Each bird lives within a space smaller than a single sheet of paper for more than a year before she's slaughtered.
- In India, factory farms that confine more than 50,000 birds within a single shed are increasingly common.
- While cage-free does not mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens generally have 250 percent to 300 percent more space per bird and are able to act more naturally than caged hens. Cage-free hens may not be able to go outside, but they are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests — all behaviors denied to hens confined in battery cages.
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