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April 21, 2011

Denver’s Own Snooze Joins Growing Cage-Free Egg Trend

Denver-based Snooze – which operates four popular breakfast eateries in the metro area – announced it is switching to higher animal welfare products Thursday, garnering praise from The Humane Society of the United States. 

Snooze is switching all of its whole eggs to cage-free and its pork to a producer that does not confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.

"By switching to eggs from hens not confined in cruel battery cages and pork from farms that do not use tiny gestation crates, Snooze has taken an important step forward for animal welfare," said Kristie Middleton, outreach manager of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "Snooze’s transition means many farm animals will have a meaningfully better life.”

Snooze’s switch to cage-free eggs and crate-free pork is the latest salvo in its commitment to social responsibility. A founding member of Eat Greener Denver, an association of locally-owned, independent restaurants that are stewards for sustainable action in the restaurant industry, Snooze has taken on several projects to improve its environmental sustainability ranging from energy conservation to purchasing higher welfare animal products.

Colorado businesses have been leaders in creating a more humane food system. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quiznos, Red Robin, Einstein Bagels, and Boulder Ice Cream all purchase products from farms that don’t confine farm animals in cages or crates.

And across the country, a national movement on these issues has taken root: Burger King, Subway, Sonic, Wendy's, Arby’s, Denny's, Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Cracker Barrel and Golden Corral are just some of the restaurant chains that use cage-free eggs; Kraft, Sara Lee, Barilla Pasta, and Otis Spunkmeyer are switching millions of eggs in their products to cage-free; Hellmann's mayonnaise has started converting all of the 350 million eggs it uses in the U.S. to cage-free; and Wal-Mart's and Costco's private brand eggs are exclusively cage-free.

In 2008, Colorado passed a law banning the confinement of pigs in gestation crates. Michigan and California have passed laws to outlaw cage confinement of hens, and similar legislation is pending elsewhere. California enacted a law that requires all whole eggs sold statewide to be cage-free by 2015.

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.
  • Factory farming is a major social issue: A study by food industry consultancy, Technomic, ranked animal welfare as the third-most important social issue to restaurant patrons; an American Farm Bureau-funded report found that 89 percent of Americans believe that food companies that require their suppliers to treat farm animals better are doing the right thing.  

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