Starbucks: Please Stop Supporting Cruel Cage Eggs

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Starbucks is supposed to stand for more than just coffee. It claims to care deeply about its community and social issues. Yet Starbucks doesn’t extend this care to the millions of egg-laying hens suffering in its global supply chain, including in New Zealand.

Starbucks refuses to end its support of farms that imprison hens in tiny, metal cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds, the hens can’t do anything that is natural or important to them like dust bathe, scratch for food or fully stretch their wings. The tips of their beaks are severed to prevent them from pecking each other out of boredom and stress, and they get sore and injured feet from standing on sloped wire floors. This barren existence is inhumane and shameful to inflict on curious, friendly hens. The majority of Kiwis agree: caging egg-laying hens for their entire lives is just plain wrong. 

While NZ law is getting rid of battery cages, the new ‘colony cages’ are a con designed to trick the public: it’s simply a bigger cage with more birds inside it and token features. These colony cages provide barely any more room per bird than the previous battery cages and hens still can’t display natural behaviours. 

Hundreds of companies around the world and in New Zealand are ditching eggs from cages.

Global commitments to end cruel cages are being made by some of the largest companies in the world including McDonald’s, General Mills, Unilever, Nestle, Lidl, Aldi, Wyndham Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels, Aramark, Sodexo, Mondelez and Compass Group. Even low-end fast food companies and US prisons are moving away from this horrible practice. Starbucks, however, has failed to join this movement towards better treatment of animals globally.

In its responsible company statement, Starbucks NZ says: “We have always believed Starbucks can – and should – have a positive impact on the communities we serve. One person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.” Starbucks has fallen behind global and domestic standards on animal welfare, and needs to follow its own mission statement and cut the cruelty – one cage, one hen, one egg at a time. The world is now looking to Starbucks to meet established basic animal welfare standards and do its part in abolishing some of the worst factory farm abuses. 

By signing this petition, you’re sending a strong message to Starbucks that this cruelty must stop. Cage eggs don’t belong in our cafés in 2018. Please sign and share this petition. Together we can save the hens!