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October 4, 2010

Apfel Hatches Cage-Free Egg Policy

Humane Society International

SAO PAULO (Oct. 5, 2010) – Apfel, a restaurant in downtown Sao Paulo, announced this week that it has hatched a new cage-free egg procurement policy. Humane Society International praised Apfel for ending its use of eggs from hens confined in cruel battery cages and for switching to cage-free.

More than 90 percent of egg-laying hens in Brazil spend their lives crowded into battery cages so small that the birds can barely move more than a few inches or even stretch their wings. “Cage-free” eggs come from hens who have significantly more space to move around and express many more of their natural behaviors.

"By switching to cage-free eggs, Apfel has taken an important stand against battery cages—one of the most inhumane practices in agribusiness," said Guilherme Carvalho, HSI’s Campaign Manager in Brazil. "We applaud Apfel and hope other restaurants will follow its lead."

Carlos Beutel, Apfel restaurant manager, believes that battery cages are cruel and recognizes how important his decision is to stop purchasing eggs produced on factory farms. “It is worth making this shift to support a just cause,” said Carlos.

Facts

  • More than 90 percent of eggs in Brazil are produced by birds who spend almost their entire lives confined in small battery cages. More than 70 million hens are living in these conditions at any given time in Brazil.
  • Each bird lives within a space smaller than a single sheet of paper for more than a year before she’s slaughtered.
  • While cage-free does not mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens generally have 250 percent to 300 percent more space per bird and are able to act more naturally than caged hens. Cage-free hens may not be able to go outside, but they are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests—all behaviors denied to hens confined in battery cages.

Media Contact:
Guilherme Carvalho: (81) 9635-7436 or gcarvalho@hsi.org

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