Bob Evans: Go Cage Free!
  • Petitioned Margaret Standing

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Corporate Communications, Bob Evans Restaurants
Margaret Standing
President & Chief Concept Officer, Bob Evans Restaurants
Randall L. Hicks
President of Bob Evans Foods
Mike Townsley
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Evans Restaurants
Steven A. Davis

Bob Evans: Go Cage Free!

    1. Meredith Slater
    2. Petition by

      Meredith Slater

      Denver, CO

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently asked restaurant chain Bob Evans to phase in cage-free eggs. The company has yet to adopt humane, healthy eggs. 

In the United States, millions of hens are currently kept in battery cages -- cages so small the hens do not have room to spread their wings. They are kept in filthy conditions and do not receive veterinary care. Cage-free hens, on the other hand, are able to walk around, and they have two to three times the amount of space as those kept in cages.

Cage-free facilities not only improve the lives of hens, but also reduce public health risks; in fact, cage-free facilities have significantly lower rates of salmonella than cage facilities do.

Yet, Bob Evans refuses to adopt cage-free eggs. Competitors such as Denny's, Burger King, Hardee's and Carl's Jr. are already using cage-free eggs. In fact, according to Josh Balk, Director of Corporate Policy for the HSUS' farm animal protection campaign, Bob Evans "remains virtually the only major restaurant chain to continue to use only eggs from chickens given less space than a single piece of 8-by-10 paper in which to live their entire lives."

Sign this petition demanding that Bob Evans show its commitment to animals and the health of its consumers by adopting a 100 percent cage-free egg policy immediately.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Major Food Manufacturers go Cage Free

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Major food manufacturers across the country have committed to going cage-free including: General Mills, Kraft, Otis Spunkmeyer, Sara Lee, Subway, Burger King, Wendy's, Denny's, Sonic, Quizno's, Hardee's, Carl's Jr., Red Robin and food mogul Unilver.

    3. California will be completely cage-free by 2015

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know...? California and Michigan have both passed laws to outlaw the cage confinement of hens, and California passed a law requiring all whole eggs used in the state to be cage-free by 2015.

    4. Study shows restaurant-goers care about animal welfare

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know? ...A study by food industry consultancy Technomic ranked animal welfare as the third-most important social issue to restaurant patrons.

    5. Check out some cage-free facts from the Humane Society

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      For cage-free hens, the ability to lay their eggs in nests, run and spread their wings are tangible benefits that shouldn't be underestimated.

    6. Bob Evans' cage-free policy

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the very general policy Bob Evans has for cage-free eggs. It seems that they are still "conducting research" on the benefits of cage free over battery cage eggs.

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Some Cage-Free Wisdom

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know...

      Conventional hens live in stacked "battery" cages, usually six chickens to a cage.

      Cage free hens live on the floor of a barn rather than in cages.

      Free range hens either live outdoors or have some access to the outdoors.

    9. Caged hens are among the most intensively confined aminals

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know that caged laying hens are among the most intensively confined animals in agribusiness? Often, the hens are not even given enough room to spread their wings, and each caged laying hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space.

    10. "Eggs sold at Bob Evans come from hens who live miserable lives"

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      "Shareholders have a right to know that all the eggs sold at Bob Evans come from hens who live miserable lives crammed inside cages," says Josh Balk, director of corporate policy for the Human Society's farm animal protection campaign.

    11. The SEC says Bob Evans must allow shareholders to vote on cage-free eggs

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know that the SEC told Bob Evans that they could not deny their shareholders the right to vote on a proposal to start using cage-free eggs in their restaurants? We agree! Bob Evans needs to start phasing in cage-free eggs immediately!

    12. Hens living in 8-by-10 inch space

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know that the average caged hen lives crammed inside a teeny cage in a space the size of a standard piece of notebook paper? Bob Evans needs to hear from us that we demand the humane treatment of egg-laying hens!

    13. Bob Evans claims "farm-fresh goodness"

      Meredith Slater
      Petition Organizer

      Bob Evans boasts that by eating at its establishments, you can "discover farm-fresh goodness." Let's tell them we want real farm-fresh, starting with cage-free eggs!

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Bob Evans: Not As "Farm Fresh" As You Think

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Back in the day when the real Bob Evans was around, he and his wife, Jewell, raised their six kids in a large, brick farmhouse that they affectionately called "Homestead." It was here that the family opened a sausage shop in their front yard and...

    16. Competitors Go Cage-Free

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Bob Evans' competitors like Denny's, Carl's Jr., Burger King, and Hardee's have all gone cage-free. Let's tell Bob Evans to commit to healthy, humanely raised eggs!

    17. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Beth McCance ALEXANDRIA, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      As a country we need to become more compassionate to animals. BE is falling behind in this awareness.

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    • Debra Parpacen HOUTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      They post pictures of Bob's farm in Ohio, it sends an image of natural, not hens in cages. Live up to the image you project.

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      • over 2 years ago

      We are crossing the country and were going to eat breakfast at the Bob Evans near Champaign, Ill Red Roof Inn. I saw the "farm fresh eggs" they advertised and wanted to know where the hens were raised...I found out, so we WILL NOT be eating at this restaurant that continues to buy it's eggs from inhumane farms (factory farms). They should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!

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    • Lisa Goodyear RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated."

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    • sage graham CONWAY, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      My family and I stopped going to Bob Evans because they tried to sell us their old time country atmosphere, yet use eggs and meat that are produced in the exact opposite way it would have been done on family farms. go cage free and you'll not only get my family back, but I'm sure thousands of others.

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