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

When it comes to making the food industry more humane, people who consume 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 whether a business flops or thrives.

And in this case, egg-eaters should push America’s biggest egg producer to go cage-free.

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

Animal rights activists introduced cage-free eggs to the conversation in the first place. Those of us who eat 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 disease remains a problem.

Indeed, egg consumers should 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 a vegan 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 system in 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 for animal welfare by signing this 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. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.


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Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thank you

natasha p
Past Member 8 months ago

how about humane

Chad A
Chad Anderson8 months ago


Lesa D
Lesa D8 months ago

#80051 petition signed...

thank you Emily...

Dave f
Dave fleming8 months ago

Thanks for sharing

DAVID fleming
Dave fleming9 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Janet B
Janet B9 months ago


Shailja Mukhtyar
Shailja Mukhtyar10 months ago

lets encourage egg substitutes = vegan / vegie versions instead !!

Jeramie D
Jeramie D10 months ago


Janis K
Janis K10 months ago

Thanks for sharing.