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March 31, 2014

Escazú Restaurant Serenitea Switches to Cage-free Eggs

Tea shop joins movement to improve treatment of farm animals

Humane Society International

  • Consumers can help reduce animal suffering by switching to cage-free eggs. © Veer

ESCAZÚ, Costa Rica – Escazú tea shop Serenitea has announced a switch from conventional eggs from caged hens to cage-free eggs. Humane Society International, a leading global animal protection organization, applauds the move. The tea shop joins other socially responsible restaurants in the metropolitan area that are already using cage-free eggs, including Alquimia Healthy, Buena Tierra, Café Kracovia, Cambalache, Veggie House and Búlali.

This area of Escazú now has several options for those wishing to choose higher-welfare products. In addition to Serenitea in Plaza Tempo and café Búlali in Avenida Escazú, consumers can also find cage-free eggs at the farmers market Mercado Contemporeáneo km0 each Saturday. 

“At Serenitea, we make sure to provide the best for our customers, carefully choosing organic and local products,” said Adriana Soto, Serenitea owner. “Switching to cage-free eggs gave us the opportunity to offer a higher-quality product with health benefits, which shows concern for farm animal welfare.”

In conventional egg production, hens are often confined in metal battery cages, so small that they cannot even fully stretch their wings. In battery cages, each bird has less space than a single sheet of paper to spend her entire life.  Consumers can help reduce animal suffering by switching to cage-free eggs, where animals have more space to walk around, stretch their wings and express other important natural behaviors. 

Switching to cage-free eggs may also have health benefits. Numerous studies have shown that there is a lower incidence of salmonella in eggs from cage-free hens than from conventional battery cage production. Serenitea’s decision resulted from discussions with HSI.

“A cage-free egg purchasing policy is an excellent way for restaurants to show their commitment to corporate social responsibility and animal welfare,” said Cynthia Dent, director of HSI Latin America. “Consumers care about animal welfare and want to see animals treated more humanely. HSI applauds Serenitea for the decision to support alternative, higher-welfare egg production.”

A growing number of food retail companies and governments around the world are enacting policies that favor cage-free egg production:

  • Major food companies such as Burger King, Subway, Wal-Mart and Starbucks are already using cage-free eggs in some U.S. or European locations.
  • Unilever, manufacturer of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, has announced that it will be 100 percent cage-free globally by 2020.
  • Conventional battery cages were banned in the European Union in 2012.
  • Three U.S. states – Michigan, California, and Ohio – have approved laws to restrict the confinement of hens in cages.
  • Most Indian states have recently declared that the use of battery cages is a violation of the country’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and India is debating a national ban.
  • The Australian Capital Territory also recently banned the use of conventional battery cages.


Media Contacts:

In Costa Rica: Cynthia Dent, cdent@hsi.org, (506) 22 34 02 49

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