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In the Wake of Proposition 2 and AB1437 Implementation, Starbucks Announces Breakthrough Animal Welfare Policy

Company’s makes Cage-Free Announcement for its 2,000 Stores in California on Eve of Prop 2 Implementation

With California’s Prop 2 and AB1437 coming into effect on January 1st, Starbucks announced that it will eliminate the sale of eggs that come from caged hens throughout its supply chain and will switch exclusively to cage-free eggs, including for its pastries. Starbucks’ new animal welfare policy includes:

  • Phasing out cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for pigs
  • Eliminating artificial growth hormones and fast growing practices that cause chickens to suffer chronic pain
  • Ending the dehorning, tail docking, and castration of animals without anesthesia
  • Moving away from inhumane chicken slaughter practices

Starbucks has more than 2,000 locations in California, with more than 12,000 across the country. These policies also include Canada and Mexico.

“California voters have made it clear that extreme confinement of farm animals is inhumane and unacceptable,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “Starbucks is meeting and exceeding the standards of California’s new farm animal welfare laws, and we applaud them and ask for other food retailers to make similar announcements.  The best enforcement of Prop 2 will come from retailers who decide not to purchase eggs from hens in any kind of cage.”

Starbucks joins Whole Foods, Burger King, and food service giants Compass Group and Aramark in making cage-free pledges.

In addition to the passage of Prop 2 in 2008, California lawmakers in 2010 passed AB 1437, a law that requires all shell eggs sold in the state be produced in compliance with Prop 2. This law will also be implemented in January 2015. For more information, see CageFreeCA.com.


Media Contact: Anna West: 301-258-1518; awest@humanesociety.org