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February 19, 2013

Pan Comido Joins Global Animal Welfare Trend

Humane Society International

  • The growing movemento in favor of farm animal welfare is gaining momentum around the world, and Mexico is not the exception. iStockphoto

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO — Humane Society International applauds Mexico City-based restaurant Pan Comido for its decision to end its procurement of conventional battery cage eggs, and serve only cage-free eggs. Pan Comido joins a growing number of food retailers around the world that are improving the lives of farm animals by adopting cage-free egg procurement policies.

In battery cages, each hen may live her entire life in a space smaller than a single sheet of letter-sized paper. Hens confined in battery cages are unable to engage in many of their most important natural behaviors, including walking, perching, dust bathing and laying eggs in a nest. In Mexico, approximately 196 million egg-laying hens are raised each year, the majority in industrial production facilities which frequently confine the birds in battery cages.

“At Pan Comido we think about nature, our health, and where our food comes from, and that is why we have chosen to use cage-free eggs,” said Gerardo Guss, owner of Pan Comido.  

An increasing number of governments and food retailers worldwide are saying no to the confinement of hens in battery cages. Conventional battery cages have been prohibited or are being eliminated in Israel, Bhutan and throughout the European Union. The states of California and Michigan in the United States have also mandated improvements for laying hens. Additionally, a number of international food companies, like Kraft, ConAgra Foods and Unilever, have committed to increasing their use of cage-free eggs.

“Humane Society International praises Pan Comido for taking its customers’ concerns about animal welfare seriously, and for helping animals by refusing to serve eggs from battery cages,” said Mónica Pineda, HSI’s campaign manager in Mexico. “This is something that all restaurants can do to improve animal welfare, and we look forward to working with other food retailers in Mexico to adopt similar policies.”


Media Contact:

In Mexico: Mónica Pineda, HSI, mpineda@hsi.org, (55) 8593-7945

In the U.S: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, +1 (301) 721-6440

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Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.