TACO BELL: Don’t let animals suffer. Go cage-free!
Taco Bell is one of the top restaurant chains in the US, expanding into the breakfast business early last year. With new menu items like the Waffle and Biscuit Tacos, Taco Bell is staying competitive with the nation’s breakfast retail leader, McDonald’s.
But there’s one area the Taco Bell breakfast menu falls short of the competition: cage-free eggs.
On factory farms, egg laying hens are kept in tiny, barren battery cages, unable to express natural behaviors like nesting, dust-bathing, and foraging. Each hen has less space than a standard sized sheet of paper. They may never experience natural light or fresh air, and will never leave their cages until they are gathered for slaughter.
Just a few weeks ago, Taco Bell’s main competitor, McDonald’s, announced it was going 100% cage-free, and set a timeline to phase out cruel battery cages from its egg supply chain. Burger King and Starbucks have set deadlines for their cage-free pledges, as well as the food service giants Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo. Several states have already banned battery cages.
Compassion in World Farming has worked with some of the world’s largest food businesses such as McDonald’s, Walmart, and Unilever to create and improve policies for higher animal welfare. Consumer demand for better treatment of farm animals is here, and many companies have already stepped up to the plate. Taco Bell has already acknowledged its customers care about animals, by introducing a new certified vegetarian menu. The time is now to switch to cage-free eggs!
Please sign the petition to ask Taco Bell to purchase only cage-free eggs for its restaurants, and set a deadline for the transition. You are a voice for animals!
You’ve shown true innovation in your breakfast and vegetarian menu offerings, but are falling behind on animal welfare standards. Major food businesses like McDonald’s have recently announced policies to only purchase eggs from cage-free hens. These policies will improve the lives of billions of hens, and are already creating a market shift in what is acceptable treatment of farm animals.
Battery cages on factory farms are so small and barren that hens cannot even express simple natural behaviors like nesting, dust-bathing, or foraging. This cruel confinement is unacceptable and unnecessary.
I ask that Taco Bell make the switch to 100% cage-free eggs, and set a timeline to phase out battery cages from your egg supply chain.
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