The momentum is unstoppable, triggered by a major cage-free announcement from McDonald's in September. And while we understand that cage-free doesn't necessarily equate to cruelty-free it's a dramatic improvement over being immobilized in a cage. Cage-free hens, even in indoor barns, have at least double the amount of space per bird as caged hens, and often much more space than that. In addition, they have the ability to walk, spread their wings, perch, lay their eggs in a nesting area, and more.
The brands making the switch to cage-free are mainstream brands, based in states across the country, with ConAgra in Nebraska, Denny's in South Carolina, Target and General Mills in Minnesota, and Dunkin' Donuts in Massachusetts, where we've launched an ambitious 2016 ballot initiative to end extreme confinement agriculture.
In a nation riven with partisan divisions, improving farm animals' often-miserable lives has emerged as a universal value. This is an enormously consequential shift in food and agriculture, and it is a clear signal to everyone concerned that gestation crates and battery cages are soon to be agricultural artifacts like the reaper and the threshing machine.