Taco Bell in the US has announced that it will switch to 100% cage-free eggs by the end of 2016.
This announcement will positively impact the lives of half a million hens every year and will be one of the quickest transitions to cage-free we have seen in the US to-date.
Compassion promotes organic, pasture-raised, free-range and barn systems for laying hens as part of its Good Egg Award. By taking steps to go cage-free companies are raising the baseline standard of what’s acceptable for animals.
Their announcement comes on the heels of McDonald’s and Panera Bread, who we recently worked with to set timelines for phasing out battery cages.
Our US Food Business Manager Rachel Dreskin says, “We commend Taco Bell for going completely cage-free in a little over a year. This is the first significant announcement they have made regarding animal welfare in the US. Taco Bell caters to a diverse customer base, and this announcement demonstrates that treating animals with respect is a value that is shared across the entire population.”
Taco Bell has now proved if restaurants want to stay ahead in the market, treating animals with respect is not optional.