Let’s Make America’s Biggest Egg Producer Cage-Free

When it comes to making the food industry more humane, people whoconsume animal products are powerful advocates. After all, they exert financial control over companies when they decide to buy one brand over another. Unlike messages from people who never use their products, customers decide whethera businessflops or thrives.

And in this case,egg-eaters shouldpush America’s biggest egg producer to gocage-free.

On October 2, Cal-Maine Foods announced that it would cut down on itscage-free egg production because of “reduced demand.” But the Care2 teamrallyingpeople to make sure this doesn’t happen with a new petition.

Animal rights activistsintroducedcage-free eggsto the conversation in the first place. Those of us whoeat eggs need to step up.

As the petition explains, “For profit-driven companies like Cal-Maine, commerce usually trumps compassion. The company will be far more likely to implement more humane practices if they can see how it will help their bottom line.”

Meanwhile, some animal welfare advocates argue that cage-free eggs are still inhumane.

Just letting hens move around outside of a cage doesn’t mean they can go outside. And cage-free conditions can include aviaries packed with birds. These enclosures have twice the death rate as caged set-up because of aggression and cannibalism. And diseaseremains a problem.

Indeed, egg consumersshould insist that more companies go free-range and pasture-raised. Those who can afford local, humane eggs should buy them.Consumers may also wish to consider avegan diet.

While conditions for cage-free chickens may not be ideal, they’re still better than what we have now. And in a factory-farm-dominated systemin which only 0.5 percent of Americans are vegan, we can’t afford to ignore the power of advocating for change.

Take action!

Take a stand foranimal welfarebysigningthis Care2 petition.

And if you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. Youll find Care2s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

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161 comments

Janis K
Janis K6 hours ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Marigold A
Marigold A2 days ago

Let's make them go range free. Go Ethical Omnivore.

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan H2 days ago

Go Vegan

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Janet B
Janet B3 days ago

Thanks

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Marigold A
Marigold A4 days ago

Cage free and free range are two entirely different environments. My chickens are free range.

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Roberto M
Roberto MARINI9 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill9 days ago

interesting

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s10 days ago

Previously signed, thank you

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s10 days ago

Previously signed, thank you

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Anna R
Anna R17 days ago

Thank you

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