Here is some great news from the campaign to improve conditions for animals on factory-farms: Another chain food company has agreed to phase out the use of eggs from battery-cages. Red Robin’s will exclusively use eggs from facilities that do not use battery-cages. This victory is a direct result of organizing and negotiations by the Humane Society of the United States. We have a lot more work ahead of us, but today we can celebrate a slightly better life for chickens who are confined on factory-farms.
According to Red Robin’s new plan, the Greenwood Village, Colorado-based chain will exclusively use cage-free eggs in all U.S. company-owned stores by the end of 2010. Red Robin’s phase-in will begin next month, and will be one-third complete by the end of 2009.
Red Robin is also in the process of working with pork suppliers to phase in gestation crate-free pork at company-owned locations.
End Animal Abuse: Change Your Diet
This should go without saying, but the best thing you can do to reduce cruelty to animals on factory-farms is to become a vegetarian. It’s an easy way to make sure that not a single animal is abused for your food, it’s good for your health, and it is better for the environment. If you care about animals, this should be a no-brainer.
Welfare Improvements = Progress
No one is under the illusion that hens in cage-free factory-farms live happy lives or that cage-free factory farms are humane. The key point is that these animals will now live a better life than they would in barren, metal battery-cages. The world isn’t going vegan overnight and right now there are billions of animals confined on factory-farms, in vivisection labs, on fur-farms, and in circuses. As this Red Robin’s victory demonstrates, we can make these animals’ lives better right now.
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