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November 19, 2013

ITC SONAR Kolkata Shows Leadership in Animal Welfare in Bengal

Humane Society International/India

  • Indian factory farms confine more than 200 million hens in barren battery cages. HSI

KOLKATA — ITC SONAR Kolkata are leaders in the Bengal hospitality industry for switching to purchasing cage-free eggs. In doing so, the hotel joins an international movement against the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens in barren battery cages. The announcement comes shortly before the holiday season begins in which ITC Sonar will hold a cake-mixing celebration using cage-free eggs as ingredients. 

Most egg-laying hens in India are confined in battery cages that provide each bird less space than a standard size sheet of paper to spend her entire life. By not using eggs from hens in battery cages, ITC SONAR Kolkata has taken an important step towards improving the treatment of animals and sustainability.

Chef Mayank Kulshreshtha, executive chef for ITC SONAR, Kolkata said: “ITC SONAR Kolkata has chosen to use cage-free eggs as we are committed to having a socially responsible business and want to have a positive impact on the environment and animals.”

Arkaprava Bhar, HSI’s campaign manager for farm animals in India, praised the hotel’s decision and said: “ITC SONAR Kolkata is setting a positive example for others in the Indian hospitality industry. Humane Society International commends ITC SONAR’s decision to help improve the treatment of farm animals.”

Facts:

  • Indian factory farms confine more than 200 million hens in barren battery cages. Each bird lives within a space smaller than a single sheet of paper for more than a year before she’s slaughtered.
  • Factory farms that confine more than 50,000 birds within a single shed are increasingly common in India.
  • Cage-free hens have more space and are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests – all behaviors denied to hens confined in barren battery cages.

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 Media Contact: Arkaprava Bhar, +919830769681, abhar@hsi.org

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