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September 30, 2010

St. Paul’s Joins National Cage-Free Egg Movement

The Humane Society of the United States applauded Concord, N.H.-based St. Paul’s School for joining the national movement away from eggs from hens confined in tiny cages that provide each bird less space than a sheet of paper to spend her entire life. The private co-ed boarding school is switching all 144,000 shell eggs it uses each year to cage-free.

“By starting to switch to cage-free eggs, St. Paul’s has taken an important stand against one of the worst abuses of farm animals,” said Matthew Prescott, outreach director of The HSUS’ factory farming campaign, who is also a New Hampshire native and alumnus of St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds St. Paul’s and hopes more schools nationwide will follow its progressive lead.”

“Offering cage-free eggs fits our commitment to sustainability and animal welfare,” stated Kurt Ellison, director of dining for St. Paul’s. “I’m delighted that our campus has made such a positive commitment to animal welfare by starting to switch to cage-free eggs.”

Nationwide, a cage-free egg movement has taken root: 64 percent of colleges and universities report using cage-free eggs; food manufacturers  Pepperidge Farm and Sara Lee are switching millions of eggs in their products to cage-free; Hellmann’s mayonnaise recently announced that it will convert all 350 million eggs it uses each year to cage-free; major restaurant chains—including Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Sonic, Quiznos, Hardee’s, Red Robin, and Carl's Jr.—use cage-free eggs; and supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco, and Safeway, have increased their cage-free egg sales.

Facts

  • U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in 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, like caged hens, 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 cages.

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