NEW DELHI: A day ahead of the World Egg Day, Arcos Dorados, world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, announced plans to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its supply chain—a move that will spare millions of animals each year from life inside cramped cages.
Arcos Dorados is the largest fast food restaurant chain in Latin America and the Caribbean, and operates more than 2,100 McDonald’s restaurants in 20 countries in the region.
The move follows years of dialogue with Humane Society International, one of the world’s largest animal protection organization, which is working with Arcos Dorados on this and other animal welfare issues, including on the company’s transition to a gestation crate-free pork supply chain that it committed to in 2014.
“We applaud Arcos Dorados for its dedication to improving the lives of farm animals, and we applaud its decision to switch to exclusively cage-free eggs,” said NG Jayasimha, managing director of HSI India.
In its policy statement, Arcos Dorados states: “As the pre-eminent brand in Latin America, we are committed to being at the forefront of industry best-practice initiatives. We will continue to ensure that our customers are consuming high quality products, in accordance with animal welfare policies. Once again, our supply chain is primed to surpass our clients’ expectations and fulfill growing demand.”
In Latin America, like India, most egg-laying hens are confined in wire battery cages, where each hen has about the space of an A4 sheet of paper to spend her whole life.
Battery cages are among the cruelest factory-farming invention. HSI has documented the suffering caused by the extreme overcrowding in these wire contraptions, where birds are confined to cages so small and tight, they cannot even flap their wings.
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