Battery cage farms cram egg-laying hens into tiny wire cages. With less room than a sheet of computer paper to live in for virtually their entire lives, these poor animals are unable to spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. This outdated agricultural practice is so cruel that it is already illegal in the entire European Union and several states in the US.
Because of the widespread opposition to battery cages, many companies are beginning to phase these farms out of their supply lines—including some of the largest food service providers in the world. Both the Compass Group and Sodexo have aready announced their plans to phase out battery cages, but their main competitor, the Aramark Corporation, has failed to join them in their stand against factory farming and animal cruelty.
Many Aramark accounts have already made the switch away from battery cage eggs because of consumer campaigns, and it is well past the time for Aramark to step up and do the right thing across the board. When the public, animal welfare experts, and environmental protection organizations are demanding an end to battery cages, there is no reason to remain on the wrong side of history.