June 2, 2015
Campaign Update: Déjalas Mover
When we launched Déjalas Mover in July 2014, we committed to staying the course until all egg-laying hens and mother pigs are out of battery cages and gestation crates in Mexico. Almost a year later, we’ve already made great progress.
Numerous celebrities have joined Déjalas Mover. Rubén Albarrán of Café Tacvba, Eugenio Derbez, Diego Herrera of Caifanes, Belanova, José María Yazpik and Bruno Bichir, and others are speaking out against the lifelong confinement of farm animals, and urging their fans to do the same.
HSI has also taken Dejalas Mover to the most popular festivals in Mexico, including Vive Latino and EcoFest, to raise public awareness about the routine abuses inflicted upon hens and pigs, and to let people know how they can use their voices and their food choices to effect real change for farm animals.
Restaurants and food service providers
HSI has been enlisting food companies both big and small in the Dejalas Mover campaign—convincing them to end their use of eggs and pork produced by animals confined in cages and crates.
A number of socially responsible restaurants haved joined our campaign, including Broka Bistrot, Narciso, and La Boliteria. Broka Bistrot, located in the Roma area of Mexico City, recently announced that 100 percent of their eggs are now cage-free. Owner Salvador Benavides stated, “At Broka Bistrot, we are determined to do things right. It has taken us a while to get here, but our plans include better welfare practices for all animals involved in our supply chain.”
At the end of last year, we convinced Eurest, Mexico’s leading food service provider, to phase out their procurement of eggs produced in battery cages and pork produced in gestation crates by 2017. Hyatt Regency Mexico City made the same commitment.
When leading companies like Eurest and Hyatt adopt cage and crate-free policies, it not only reduces the suffering of animals in own supply chains, it also motivates other companies to adopt similar policies.
When we first launched our campaign, many food companies believed their consumers didn’t care about farm animals, and resisted our requests to adopt animal welfare policies. However, thanks to the growing number of Dejalas Mover supporters, perceptions are rapidly changing. Food companies eager to protect their image now approach HSI, eager to learn how they can adopt a cage- and crate-free policy as soon as possible.
Déjalas Mover has reaffirmed that consumers in Mexico really do care about how their food is produced, and oppose animal suffering. We’re encouraged every day by the number and diversity of restaurants, hotels, producers, NGOs, and chefs coming together to end the extreme confinement of hens and pigs in Mexico. Please, take action and donate to help make a difference for animals.