December 29, 2015
SUBWAY Pledges to Eliminate Battery Cage Eggs from Supply Chain in Mexico
Mexico City — The SUBWAY® restaurant chain, with more than 700 locations across Mexico and the world’s largest restaurant operator, has announced it will eliminate eggs produced from hens confined in battery cages from its North America supply chain. The company will complete this transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025, including in Mexico.
Elissa Lane, deputy director of Humane Society International Farm Animals, said: “We applaud Subway for taking the public’s concerns about animal welfare seriously by pledging to eliminate battery cage eggs. This commitment by Subway will improve the lives of countless animals in Mexico and sends a clear message to the egg industry in Mexico that cage-free production is the way forward.”
In Mexico, most egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in battery cages, so small they cannot even fully stretch their wings. In battery cages, each bird has less space to spend her entire life than the size of a sheet of paper or iPad. Subway joins a growing list of companies that have also committed to only using cage-free eggs in Mexico, including Grupo Bimbo, Starbucks, Unilever, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide. Dozens of food companies have done the same in the United States, including Costco, McDonald’s Burger King, General Mills and Nestlé.