State University chooses cage-free eggs
On Feb 22, 2007, the Humane Society
of the United States, HSUS, announced that
University Dining Services will be
phasing in the use of cage-free eggs in its student dining
facilities, effective February 27. “Saint
State University has taken a positive step for animal
welfare by phasing out its use of eggs from caged birds.”… “The
Humane Society of the United States
applauds Sodexho’s efforts to reduce animal suffering, and we
encourage other schools to follow its example,” commented Paul
Shapiro, Factory Farming Campaign director for The HSUS.
In the United States,
approximately 95 percent of eggs sold come from hens confined in
barren battery cages, who suffer tremendous stress and pain due to
the limited space and standard practices such as debeaking.
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The decision to purchase cage-free
eggs instead of the ones produced by battery caged hens is a step
towards reducing animal suffering. The consumer, however, should
research on his/her own to make sure the eggs are indeed cage-free
since this definition often does not guarantee outside access to all
the hens in a facility during prolonged periods of time.
Replacing eggs in one’s diet with
plant-based egg alternatives is the most effective way to take a
stand against the industries that exploit hens.