Restaurant chains Denny’s and Quizno’s are the latest to pledge their intention to buy only cage-free eggs following a transition period. They join McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Starbucks and Costco, along with food manufacturers, Nestle, Unilever, and General Mills, in wrapping up relationships with egg suppliers who do not treat their hens humanely.
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“These serial announcements make it plain that the long history of caging chickens as a conventional production method is coming to an end,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote in a blog post.
Most of the commitments will not come to pass for a couple years as companies adjust supply chains, but one chain that is not waiting is Taco Bell. It announced it would switch to serving only cage-free produced eggs by the end of 2016, which will benefit approximately 500,000 hens annually.
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Photo by Big Dutchman, designer of cage-free spaces