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December 29, 2015

SUBWAY Pledges to Eliminate Battery Cage Eggs from Supply Chain in Canada

Humane Society International/Canada

  • More and more companies are going cage-free. David Paul Morris

Montreal — The SUBWAY® restaurant chain, with nearly 3000 locations across Canada, 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 Canada.

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, said: “Canadian consumers care deeply about animal welfare and many are refusing to buy eggs produced by hens confined for life in cages. We applaud Subway for responding to consumer concerns by pledging to sell only cage free eggs by 2025. This commitment by Subway sends a very clear message to the egg industry in Canada that cage-free production is the way forward.”

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In Canada, most egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in 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. Subway's announcement comes at a pivotal time, as the Canadian egg industry reviews its code of practice and decides whether to continue to use cages or move to cage-free facilities.

Subway joins a growing list of companies that have also committed to only using cage-free eggs in Canada, including McDonalds, Nestlé, Starbucks, Unilever, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide.

Media Contact: Rebecca Aldworth — 514 395-2914; raldworth@hsi.org

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