May 23, 2011
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Kraft’s Animal Welfare Progress at Company’s Annual Meeting
Tuesday, at the annual shareholder meeting for Kraft (NYSE: KFT), The Humane Society of the United States will applaud the company for its forward-thinking animal welfare policy. Last year, Kraft joined the national movement away from using eggs from caged hens by beginning a new cage-free egg purchasing program.
An HSUS representative will attend the meeting on May 24 at 9:00 a.m., located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, Ill.).
“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Kraft for its work improving conditions for animals in its supply chain,” stated Josh Balk, corporate policy director for The HSUS’s factory farming campaign. “By starting to move away from suppliers that cram egg-laying hens in cages, Kraft has taken an important step forward for animal welfare.”
Chicagoland businesses have been leaders in creating a more humane food system. Kraft, Sara Lee, Barilla Pasta and Career Education Corporation (operator of Le Cordon Bleu) all purchase cage-free eggs.
And across the country, a national movement on these issues has taken root: McDonald's, 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; 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.
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.
- 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.
Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching “HumaneTV” in the App Store.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at humanesociety.org.