On February 11, 2009, a coalition of grassroots animal protection groups launched Boca-Egg-Facts.com. They’re trying to convince Boca to entirely phase out the use of eggs from their products. Boca is one of the largest companies that produces vegetarian products. If you’ve eaten a veggie burger, it was probably a Boca burger. The company has been a leader in bringing mock-meats to every grocery store in America, yet they use eggs from battery-cages in some of their products. As a leader, Boca ought to take a stand against animal cruelty and ditch those icky eggs! It’s easy to make mock-meats just as tasty without using any eggs.
Boca was first approached in January 2008 about its use of eggs, which come from hens confined inside battery cages. In battery-cages, hens are typically provided with a meager 67 square inches of floor space per bird on which to spend their lives—that’s less than the size of a sheet of notebook paper. These birds are so intensively confined, they’re unable to spread their own wings, dust-bathe, nest or even walk.
The vast majority of eggs produced, sold, and eaten in the United States come from factory farms that use battery-cages. It’s a common misconception that the egg-laying hens have a better life than chickens who are killed for food. In fact, once hens are no longer laying eggs at a rate quick enough for the demands of large agribusiness they just are shipped off to the slaughterhouse to be killed for human consumption.
The good news is that this campaign has been a blitzkrieg. After only 2 weeks of calls and emails, Boca was overwhelmed. They just annouced that they are considering phasing out eggs. They said:
“BOCA is committed to meeting the needs of our vegan consumers. We are actively working on this matter. While this process takes time we will be able to share an update by March 20, 2009.”
As a result, the animal activist coalition is calling for a temporary moratorium on the campaign. We’ll see what happens on March 20. Keep checking back here to get updates. Let’s hope Boca makes the right decision and gets rid of those cruel eggs.
photo cred: http://boca-egg-facts.com
After only two weeks of public campaigning, activists are calling for a temporary moratorium on the campaign to convince Boca to phase out eggs. Are we close to a victory?