I spent the next two years carrying out the same battery cage campaigns on nearly every campus in the Boston area while my colleagues at The Humane League did the same in cities across the country. The campaigns were tough and went on for months at a time. Dining directors hung up on us or had us barred from coming onto campus to gather signatures. But ultimately we succeeded-over 100 schools joined in the boycott.
Now, just a few years later, the boycott of battery cage eggs by the dining sector has grown exponentially. Since the beginning of 2015 alone, The Humane League has successfully campaigned against or partnered with major dining companies that control nearly every corporate and campus cafeteria in the country-multibillion dollar corporations that purchase millions and millions of eggs each year. Within a matter of weeks, not years, thousands of universities, businesses, hospitals, and other sites with a cafeteria have joined the boycott. Currently 13 of the top 25 dining companies, including the top five who own the lion's share of the industry, have signed on. Literally millions of hens will no longer face a lifetime suffering in a cage thanks to these new policies-a development my friends and I never imagined possible when we started on our first campaign four years ago.