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March 11, 2016

A&W Commits to Sourcing 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs

Canadian fast food chain joins the list of companies rejecting cage hen housing

Humane Society International/Canada

  • The global cage-free movement continues to gain momentum. Dirk Freder/istock

MONTREAL — A&W, one of Canada’s largest restaurant chains, has committed to switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its more than 800 Canadian locations within two years. Humane Society International/Canada campaign manager Sayara Thurston stated the following:

“HSI/Canada welcomes another of Canada’s largest restaurants joining the growing list of companies demanding a cage-free future for hens. A&W’s commitment to improve the welfare of hens in its supply chain by moving to 100 percent cage-free eggs sends a clear message to the egg industry that confining chickens in cages simply has no place in our nation’s agricultural future.”

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HSI/Canada is calling on other retailers to follow suit. Companies that have not yet made a commitment to end the use of eggs from cruel cage systems must do so. Consumers are demanding that egg laying hens be afforded a basic standard of welfare during their lives, and companies must respond.”

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Media Contact: Christopher Pare, 514 395-2914, cell: 438 402-0643, cpare@hsi.org

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