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April 15, 2010

Double Rainbow Ice Cream Hatches Cage-Free Egg Policy

San Francisco-based Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Creams has joined the national movement away from using eggs from caged hens by hatching a new cage-free egg policy, prompting praise from The Humane Society of the United States.

"By switching to cage-free eggs, Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Creams has made an important move away from supporting one of the worst factory farming abuses," said Matthew Prescott, corporate outreach director of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Double Rainbow's progress and hopes other ice cream companies will follow its lead."

Other ice cream companies, such as Ben & Jerry's and Boulder Ice Cream, have implemented similar cage-free egg policies.

Many supermarket chains have taken steps to increase their use of cage-free eggs, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Safeway. National restaurant chains—including Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Denny's, Red Robin, Quiznos, Sonic, Hardee's and Carl's Jr.—have also started using cage-free eggs. Hellmann's mayonnaise recently announced that it will switch to 100 percent of the 350 million eggs it uses to cage-free. 

Facts:

  • In a landslide 2008 vote, nearly 64 percent of California voters passed Prop 2, outlawing cage confinement of egg-laying hens statewide (with a phase-out). Michigan passed a similar law in 2009.
  • U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in barren 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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