October 13, 2014
Café Tacvba’s Rubén Albarrán Joins HSI’s Déjalas Mover Campaign
Albarrán says no to battery cages and gestation crates
Rubén Albarrán, of iconic Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, has joined Humane Society International’s Déjalas Mover (Let Them Move) campaign, and is calling on his fans to help end the cruel confinement of egg-laying hens and breeding sows in cages so small, they can barely even move. HSI made this announcement following World Egg Day to bring attention to the plight of hens in egg production in Mexico, the world’s leading consumer of eggs.
In Mexico, tens of millions of egg-laying hens are confined for practically their whole lives in wire battery cages, so small that the animals cannot even fully stretch their wings. Each bird has approximately the equivalent of the surface area of an iPad, on which to spend her whole life. Breeding sows (mother pigs) also are frequently confined in individual gestation crates, for up to four years, where they cannot turn around or take more than a couple of steps forward and backward. While these confinement systems have been criticized by veterinarians, producers and animal welfare advocates around the globe for being inherently cruel, and banned in several countries, they are still common practice in egg and pig production in Mexico.
Albarrán stated: “I can’t imagine having to spend my whole life in an airplane seat, unable to walk or turn around, without being able to express my most basic natural behaviors. Together we can ensure that no animal has to live in these conditions. I’m excited to be part of HSI’s ‘Déjalas Mover’ campaign and I invite the public to also join and sign the pledge.”
Sabina Garcia, campaign coordinator for HSI Farm Animals in Mexico said: “It’s an honor to welcome Rubén Albarrán of Café Tacvba to our Déjalas Mover campaign. Rubén and Café Tacvba have a widespread influence not only within Mexico, but throughout Latin America and the world. Rubén is speaking up for millions of voiceless animals in our country, sending a clear message that we reject the lifelong immobilization of sentient, social and intelligent animals in Mexico.”
Gestation crate and battery cage confinement is an prominent social issue around the globe and in Mexico. More than 60 food companies – including McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway – have committed to eliminating gestation crates from their pork supply chains in the United States. Nestle, the world’s largest food company, recently announced that the company will eliminate battery cages and gestation crates from its global supply chain, including in Mexico. Arcos Dorados, the largest McDonald’s franchisee in the world and in Latin America, also announced that all of its pig suppliers in the region must present plans to promote higher welfare group housing systems, and Unilever has committed to being 100 percent cage-free globally by 2020.
Other Déjalas Mover celebrity supporters include actors Bruno Bichir, Jose María Yazpik, Marco Antonio Regil, and the bands Hello Seahorse!, Belanova, and Elis Paprika. Numerous organizations, food companies, and producers have also joined the campaign, including Ambulante, The Green Corner and EcoFest, among others.
To sign the pledge and learn more about the issue, visit hsi.org/dejalasmover. High resolution images of Albarrán and other celebrities in support of the campaign, as well as gestation crate and battery cage images, are available through the media contact below.
- In the European Union, a ban on the continuous use of gestation crates came into effect in 2013. In New Zealand and Australia, permanently housing sows in gestation crates will be phased out by 2015 and 2017, respectively. In the U.S., nine states have passed legislation to restrict this practice. South Africa is considering a restriction by 2020, and Canada has is also phasing out the practice.
- The use of conventional battery cages for laying hens is banned throughout the EU, New Zealand, three U.S. states and Bhutan. In India, the world’s third largest egg producer, 26 of 29 states have declared the use of battery cages violates the country’s animal welfare legislation, and the country is debating a national ban.
- A growing number of restaurants and supermarkets in Mexico are offering only cage-free products including Green Corner, Cine Tonalá, Google Mexico’s dining facilities, Quintonil, Orígenes Orgánicos and Pan Comido.
- Several Mexican pig and egg producers are already using cage-free systems, including Sabío, Llano Grande, Murlota, E-el Bioesfuerzo and Finca Guayacán. Smithfield Foods, the largest pig producer in the world and in Mexico (Granjas Carroll de México) has also committed to being 100 percent crate-free globally, including in Mexico, by 2022.
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