September 12, 2014
Cine Tonalá joins “Déjalas Mover” Campaign by Saying no to Cages in Food Production
Cine Tonalá, a multidisciplinary forum in Mexico City that specializes in independent film, music and theater, joins Humane Society International’s Déjalas Mover campaign by switching to cage-free eggs and crate-free pork at its restaurant. Déjalas Mover is a campaign to end the lifelong confinement of egg-laying hens and breeding sows in cages so small the animals can barely move. As part of their commitment with the cause, Cine Tonalá also hosted the campaign launch press conference at the end of July.
In Mexico, tens of millions of egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in metal battery cages, so small that the animals cannot even fully stretch their wings. Most breeding sows in the pig industry are also confined for practically their whole lives in individual gestation crates, almost the same size as the animals’ bodies, so small that they cannot even turn around. More humane production systems exist, including cage-free, free-range and organic.
Juan Pablo Bastarrachea, Director of Cine Tonalá said: “At Cine Tonalá we believe that a more sustainable and just society includes a better treatment of animals in food production. We decided to join Humane Society International’s ‘Déjalas Mover’ campaign by switching to cage-free eggs and begin the transition to crate-free pork when we heard about the reality that tens of millions of these animals face in Mexico, confined to cages where they can barely even move. We’re improving our purchasing policies for the foods we serve, not only to be more consistent with respect to our company’s values, but because our clients also oppose animal cruelty. We’re excited to be able to offer them higher welfare and higher quality products.”
Gabriela Duhart, HSI Farm Animals campaign manager in Mexico said: “We are thrilled that Cine Tonalá has joined HSI and Mexican celebrities, NGOs, businesses and producers by saying no to cruel confinement, improving the lives of countless animals in the country. Businesses of all sizes can make a real difference for animals by going cage-free, while also responding to their customers’ concerns about where their food comes from. We applaud Cine Tonalá for adopting a more socially responsible and humane supply chain.”