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June 13, 2011

Cheiro Verde Joins Cage-Free Movement in São Paulo

Humane Society International

SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Humane Society International praises Cheiro Verde restaurant in São Paulo for refusing to use eggs from hens confined in cramped battery cages. Cheiro Verde joins a growing number of São Paulo restaurants in reducing animal suffering by serving only cage-free eggs.

More than 70 million egg-laying hens in Brazil spend their lives in crowded and barren battery cages so small, each bird has less space than a standard sized sheet of paper to spend her entire life. 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, Cheiro Verde is taking a stand against one of the most inhumane factory farming abuses,” said Guilherme Carvalho, HSI’s campaign manager in Brazil. “Humane Society International looks forward to working with other restaurants on similar policies.”

Cheiro Verde joins other socially responsible restaurants in São Paulo, including Apfel, Banana Verde and Lagoa Tropical that have already made the shift away from battery-cage eggs.

“By making the shift to cage-free eggs, Cheiro Verde is taking a stand against inhumane battery cages while also respecting our customers’ health and the environment,” said João M. Ventura, Cheiro Verde’s restaurant manager.

Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have already banned battery cages. A complete ban on conventional battery cages throughout the European Union takes effect in 2012. In the United States, the states of California and Michigan have passed laws to phase out the use of battery cages to confine hens. California has also passed a law requiring that all whole eggs sold statewide be battery cage-free by 2015. Prominent multinational corporations from Burger King to Walmart also use cage-free eggs.

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 hen is given less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper on which to live her entire life. Hens are unable to engage in many of their most important natural behaviors, including walking, perching, dust bathing, and laying eggs in a nest.
  • While cage-free does not mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens generally have two to three times more space per bird than 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.

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