May 11, 2015
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort-Hyatt Group, Adopts a Cage-free Eggs Policy
Humane Society International/Latin America applauds Costa Rican resort’s switch to more humane eggs
Hyatt Group’s Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, has adopted a cage-free eggs policy, receiving praise from Humane Society International/Latin America.
The hotel joins a global movement to eliminate one of the most controversial practices in animal agriculture: the lifelong confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages, so small that they can’t stretch their wings. Each bird has less space to spend her entire life than the size of a sheet of paper.
Although veterinarians, egg producers and animal protection advocates from around the world have criticized these confinement systems for being inherently cruel, and they have been banned by a number of governments, their use remains the norm for egg production in Costa Rica.
“Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort takes responsible and sustainable sourcing seriously, which is why we are switching all of the eggs that we use to cage-free,” said Michael Schmid, general manager at Andaz.
Andaz says it cares about the way animals are treated in food production and are proud to offer them more humane products. Andaz supports the elimination of battery cages and believe that confining animals in cages is not sustainable.
Gabriela Ramirez, campaign coordinator for HSI Farm Animals in Costa Rica, said: “We congratulate Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort for taking corporate social responsibility and its clients’ concerns about animal welfare seriously by switching to more humane cage-free eggs. They are setting a positive example for other hotels, and we look forward to working with other hotels and food companies in Costa Rica on similar policies.”
- In Costa Rica, supermarkets Auto Mercado, Perimercados, Walmart (Más x Menos) and Fresh Market sell cage-free eggs; various restaurants y hotels use only cage-free eggs.
- Hens on cage-free farms 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.
- The use of conventional battery cages for laying hens is banned or being phased out throughout the EU, New Zealand, three U.S. states and Bhutan. The majority of states in India, the world’s third largest egg producer, have declared that the use of battery cages violates the country’s animal welfare legislation, and the country is debating a national ban.