May 10, 2010
Destin-Based Company Praised by The Humane Society of the United States for Hatching Cage-Free Egg Policy
Another Broken Egg of America, a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant company with 13 locations in four states, has announced that it will switch to serving cage-free eggs exclusively, a move applauded by The Humane Society of the United States.
According to its new policy, the Destin, Fla.-based company will end its use of eggs from hens confined in tiny battery cages, which provide each bird less space than a single sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life.
"Another Broken Egg's switch to cage-free eggs represents an important step against one of the cruelest forms of animal abuse," said Kristie Middleton, corporate outreach manager of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "The Humane Society of the United States commends the company for taking a stand against keeping hens confined in cages so small they can't even spread their wings."
Ron E. Green, president and founder of Another Broken Egg of America, Inc. stated, "The extreme confinement of hens raised for eggs is a front-burner issue for Another Broken Egg and our customers, so we're excited to announce our new policy. "Switching to cage-free eggs will help improve animals' lives, be better for the environment, and enhance food safety within our supply chain."
National restaurant chains including Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Denny's, Red Robin, Quiznos, Sonic, Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have started using cage-free eggs; supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Safeway have increased their sales of cage-free eggs; and Hellmann's mayonnaise will convert 100 percent of the 350 million eggs it uses each year to cage-free.
- 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.
- Seven states, including Michigan and California, have passed laws to phase out the extreme confinement of farm animals.
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