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September 9, 2015

HSI/Canada Heralds McDonald’s Announcement on Switching to 100% Cage-Free Eggs, Calls It a Watershed Moment for Animal Welfare

Humane Society International/Canada

  • McDonald’s announcement commits the company to reaching a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain within the next 10 years. © Maurice van der Velden/iStockphoto

MONTREAL, QC — McDonald’s announced plans to eliminate the currently-standard practice of confining egg-laying hens in cages from its supply chain by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs for its Canadian and U.S. operations — a move that will spare nearly 8 million animals each year from life inside cramped cages.

McDonald’s decision follows a multi-year study the company helped fund into the myriad animal welfare, economic, food safety and market factors around cage confinement and cage-free housing. It also follows a decades-long global movement against the extreme confinement of farm animals that HSI partner The Humane Society of the United State helped spearhead — a movement which has included:

  • nearly 100 major companies — including McDonald’s — announcing plans to abandon tight cages for breeding pigs called gestation crates;
  • industry titans like Burger King, Nestle, Sodexo, Aramark, Heinz, Starbucks, Compass Group and many more announcing similar conversions to 100 percent cage-free eggs;
  • and prohibitions on certain forms of confinement in 10 U.S. states and dozens of nations.

We're making real progress toward ending cruel confinement! Please support our efforts to help farm and other animals.

Specifically, McDonald’s announcement commits the company to reaching a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain within the next 10 years.


Media contact: Christopher Pare 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org

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