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September 26, 2011

Brazilian Restaurants Nascente, Um Gosto de Sol and Restaurante Formoso Join Cage-Free Movement

Humane Society International

SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Humane Society International applauds Nascente, Um Gosto de Sol and Restaurante Formoso of Belo Horizonte for ending their use of eggs from hens confined in cruel battery cages by switching to cage-free eggs.

Leilani Magalhães, manager of Nascente, Um Gosto de Sol, explained that animal welfare was the main reason her restaurant went cage-free. “I’ve been concerned with food quality and environmental protection, and against exploitation, for a long time,” said Magalhães.  “I have been working with organics for more than 20 years now, and am aware of the value of cage-free eggs.”

Nascente, Um Gosto de Sol and Restaurante Formoso join other socially-responsible restaurants in Brazil—Apfel, Banana Verde, and Cheiro Verde—that have also taken a stand against the inhumane confinement of hens by adopting a cage-free policy. “By switching to cage-free eggs, Restaurante Formoso and Nascente, Um Gosto de Sol are taking a stand against one of the most inhumane factory farming abuses,” said Guilherme Carvalho, HSI’s campaign manager in Brazil. “HSI looks forward to working with other restaurants on similar policies.”

A complete ban on conventional battery cages throughout the European Union takes effect in 2012. Prominent multinational corporations from Burger King to Walmart supermarket chains also use cage-free eggs in their U.S. locations.

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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