University of Delaware: Stop Using Inhumane Battery Cage Eggs
  • Petitioned Patrick Harker

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University President
Patrick Harker
VP of Finance and Administration
Jennifer Davis
VP of Student Life
Michael Gilbert
Director of Dining Services
Sue Bogan

University of Delaware: Stop Using Inhumane Battery Cage Eggs

    1. Chelsea McFadden
    2. Petition by

      Chelsea McFadden

      Newark, DE

It's time for the University of Delaware to do what hundreds of other universities have done and switch to using only cage-free liquid and shell eggs in its dining services. UD's Student Government has passed a unanimous resolution calling on the school to go cage-free, and over 3,500 University of Delaware students and staff have signed a petition in support of the change. Even UD alumni are now vowing to withhold donations to the University until a switch to going cage-free is announced.

The vast majority of egg-laying hens in the United States are confined in battery cages. On average, each caged laying hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space—less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper on which to live her entire life. Unable even to spread their wings, caged laying hens are among the most intensively confined animals in agribusiness.

Because of public opposition to battery cage confinement, many egg producers are switching to cage-free systems. These systems generally offer hens a significantly improved level of animal welfare than do battery cage systems, though the mere absence of cages sometime isn’t enough to ensure high welfare.

Unlike battery hens, cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. Most cage-free hens live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside. The vast majority of cage-free hens live on farms that are 3rd-party audited by certification programs that mandate perching and dust-bathing areas. These advantages are very significant to the animals involved.

Support the humane treatment of animals by the University of Delaware! Support Cage-Free at UD!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Boston University Announces New Cage-Free Policy

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Another major university has announced it will go 100% cage-free next year. Now it's Delaware's turn!

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Campaign gets attention in campus dining services trade newsletter

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The National Association of College & University Food Services linked to Chelsea's campaign in their November 18th newsletter: "University of Delaware students petition for cage-free eggs in dining halls. Actions come on the heels of Harvard University's recent decision to use only cage-free eggs."

    5. UD students campaign to change where campus buys eggs

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Students at the University of Delaware have recently started a campaign to get the university to buy only cage-free eggs.

      The campaign was started by UD student Chelsea McFadden on, a social change website. The campaign would end the purchase of battery cage eggs. A similar campaign was successful at Harvard University.

      Although UD has started making environmentally responsible changes, it is the only large university in the Philadelphia-Baltimore corridor that has not switched to cage-free eggs.

      The online campaign has gained more than 1,500 supporters.

      According to a press release, McFadden said, “Switching from battery-cage eggs to cage-free is another step the university should take on its current path. Cage-free eggs are more human, more environmentally sustainable and a healthier option for UD students.”
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    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Delaware Student Campaign for Cage-Free Eggs

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "The dining program directors at University of Delaware will have a lot to consider. But when students have unlimited options for where to spend their money – both on their education and on their meals – it seems that taking students’ reasonable demands on sustainable food sourcing into consideration would be a very good idea. "

    8. Education Views: Delaware Students Call on University to Buy Cage-Free Eggs

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "News of the online petition campaign’s success is likely to increase pressure on the University of Delaware, whose mascot is the blue hen. Within hours of the campaign’s launch, McFadden had recruited hundreds of supporters on, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change. The Vegetarian Students Association is also gathering signatures on campus and have received pledges from alumni who say they will withhold donations unless the university purchases exclusively cage-free eggs."

    9. University of Delaware Students Want the Blue Hens to Go Cage-Free

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More than 1,000 people have joined a campaign on calling on the University of Delaware, whose mascot is the blue hen, to stop supporting the inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens by switching to cage-free eggs.
      Chelsea McFadden, a...

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • R. A. Osborne NEWPORT NEWS, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      So much for 'institutes of higher learning.' These idiots are clueless.

    • Mariel Viera CAROLINA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's disturbing to think a University, the leading thinkers act this way. So cruel and inhumane.

    • Cynthia Monger NEWARK, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      Please educate yourself on the inhumane treatment of these animals and distance UD from this shocking cruelty. It's the correct action to take and aligns with UD's Path to Prominence.

    • Joanna Clark LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      My god! These are living breathing beings and we so called intelligent ones act this way? towards them? Shameful indeed! Where is the respect and compassion?

    • Christopher Collins STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Battery cage eggs are cruel.


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