But the good news is that everyone, from businesses to consumers, can make a difference for hens simply by choosing cage-free eggs whenever they buy eggs. By choosing high-welfare food options every time we shop, we tell food companies that the welfare of animals is at the top of our minds when we choose which brands to buy.
Panera has long been a food industry leader, taking important steps to help customers making healthier dining choices. It was one of the first restaurant chains to voluntarily post calorie information at all of its locations. The company also pledged to remove all artificial additives from its menu items by 2016. And with this extensive recent progress to improve animal welfare practices, Panera Bread is again at the forefront of positive industry change. And thankfully, it's part of a growing movement, with more and more restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses now choosing cage-free eggs. 2015 will also see a significant victory for hens when California's new law requiring that all eggs sold there come from hens with enough space to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.