June 21, 2012
Apfel Jardins Restaurant in Sao Paulo Adopts a Cage-Free Policy
Humane Society International applauds Sao Paulo restaurant Apfel Jardins for switching from barren battery cage eggs to cage-free eggs in their supply chain. Apfel Jardins joins its sister restaurant, Apfel Centro, as well as a growing number of other food retailers in Brazil and throughout the world, that are improving the lives of farm animals by adopting cage-free egg procurement policies.
Hens in battery cages are confined to living areas that provide each bird with less space than a single sheet of paper. Hens don’t have enough space to fully spread their wings, let alone walk or engage in many other important natural behaviors. In Brazil, more than 90 percent of egg-laying hens—more than 70 million birds—are living in these conditions at any given time. Cage-free hens generally have two to three times more space per bird than and are able to act more naturally than caged hens.
“At Apfel, we care about where the food we serve to our clients comes from. We are against the confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages, and that is why we have decided to only serve cage-free eggs,” explained Mylenne Signe, Apfel Jardins’ owner. “We are proud to help reduce the suffering of farm animals.”
“By refusing to purchase eggs from hens confined in barren battery cages, Apfel Jardins is taking its customers’ concerns about animal welfare seriously,” said Guilherme Carvalho, HSI’s campaign manager in Brazil. “Humane Society International applauds Apfel for adopting a cage-free policy and looks forward to working with other restaurants in São Paulo to adopt similar policies.”
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