Target Corporation-one of the country's largest retailers-has announced it is dismantling cages from its egg supply by 2025.
On Monday, ConAgra Foods-maker of Egg Beaters and other popular food product brands-announced it too is switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. Working with such big-name companies on this commitment prompts me to reflect further on the swift and startling progress in our campaign to end the use of the battery cage in American agriculture.
During 2015's final four months, we worked with 20 major companies to announce 100 percent cage-free egg policies. We're just three weeks into 2016 and already nearly half that number of companies have announced cage-free shifts. We've partnered with ConAgra, Denny's (which uses half a billion eggs annually), Wendy's, Quiznos, and Barilla. Just last Friday alone-all in one single day-we announced that Campbell Soup, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Mondelez (the $30 billion snack food giant) added themselves to the list.
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.