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February 28, 2012

Brasilia Catering Company Makes Commitment to Animal Welfare

Humane Society International

Humane Society International praises Umami Catering for helping reduce animal suffering by switching all of the eggs it uses to cage-free. The Brasilia-based company joins other socially responsible restaurants in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte that have already ended their use of eggs from hens confined in cruel battery cages that provide each bird with less space than a sheet of paper to spend her entire life.

Lucas Arteaga, chef at Umami Catering, explained that the company’s core values are centered around its commitment and concern with serving consumers high quality food. “We always look to adopt a greener approach to the products that we use. The backbone of our company is the quality of the food that we serve,” Arteaga stated.

Battery cages are among the most inhumane factory farming abuses. A desire to improve the welfare of animals drove Umami to adopt a “cage-free” policy. “By switching to cage-free eggs, Umami is improving the lives of animals and taking a stand against the cruel practice of confining hens in battery cages,” said Guilherme Carvalho, HSI’s campaign manager in Brazil. “HSI applauds Umami Catering for responding to customer’s concerns about animal welfare and looks forward to working with other restaurants and companies in Brasilia on similar cage-free policies.”

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.
• In battery cages, 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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Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. HSI is creating a better future for animals and people through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at www.hsi.org

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