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Victory: Red Robin Goes Cage-free!

Victory: Red Robin Goes Cage-free!

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.

From the Humane Society announcement:

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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4:44PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you.

4:44PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you.

2:50PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Great!

5:14AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Thanks for sharing

11:43AM PST on Dec 26, 2009

good work! this is a good work. thank you humane society. thank you.

1:34PM PST on Dec 2, 2009

About time!

5:57AM PDT on Aug 7, 2009

It is about time. I have been staying away from all meats and chicken - never veal and pork - Alot of people don't understand our way of thinking - it's a shame!

5:36AM PDT on Aug 7, 2009

What good news, finally the world is waking up to the evil perpetrated by factory farming. I must admit I've been slow to say this has got to stop too, but not anymore.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 18, 2009

Edward stick with it, you have the right analogies to relate to Nazism or whatever, I grew up as a German in Nazi Germany, it wasn't pretty, it's just a dog, just a kid, a Gypsy etc. just a negro, comes all from the same mindset, deminishing the other or objectifying them, so as to make the horrendous brutality more palatable, then and now, I have not felt of your readings that you are trying to rant or bully. I also agree with you on on the thema of domesticated animals, after all they did not start off that way did they, so it now our responsibility to ensure their completeness in life and care, and a humane end, and not necessarely at the hands of a butcher, or in a gas chamber or whatever else now we use, TO USE, read my poem on" bloodied wheels along the track" posted at Alica Stinsons facebook site, you will see how I feel. Bless you!





10:09PM PDT on Jul 10, 2009

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The *solution* is to not breed them. That is ALL I’m advocating: DON’T breed them. I’m not saying don’t rescue domesticated animals who need homes. I’m not saying release domesticated animals into the wild. I’m just saying that *breeding them is wrong.* (BTW, the over-breeding of animals is not expected to stop, or even decline, during our lifetimes, so don’t worry, there will always be a homeless nonhuman being to adopt.)

I’m happy to hear that you think about the problems with confining and killing for food and other forms of entertainment. ‘Food’ animals make up over 97% (in number of victims) of the most abused animals in the world. As such, our decision to use them as a food preference is ultimately the root of every other form of cruelty. I realize that, just as we will never abolish human slavery and intentional killing entirely worldwide, we will never abolish nonhuman slavery and intentional killing worldwide. But each of us can choose our own standard of behavior toward others, regardless of their species, race, sex, age, or sexual preference. Let us choose to be empathetic and just to others, and to speak on their behalf, regardless of how they happened to be born into the world.

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