Sara Lee, the international consumer goods company, has teamed up with The Humane Society, as they announced plans to replace one million of its traditional battery cage produced egg supply each year with the more humane cage-free variety.
"The Humane Society of the United States applauds Sara Lee for improving the lives of thousands of hens each year with its cage-free egg commitment," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.
According to The Humane Society, hens living in cage-free environments have three times more space than their battery cage counterparts and in that space they can walk, spread their wings, and lay their eggs in nests. All of which are natural behaviors battery cage hens are denied.
Sara Lee joins other companies, including Hellmann's mayonnaise, which announced its plans to convert 100 percent of the 350 million eggs it uses each year to cage-free. National restaurant chains including Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Denny's, Red Robin, Quiznos, Sonic, Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have all started using cage-free eggs. Supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Safeway have all increased their sales of cage-free eggs.
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