Please help to convince Eastern University to join hundreds of other universities in switching to using only cage-free liquid and shell eggs in its dining services. As an Eastern alumnus, I'm excited about the steps the university has already taken to become more sustainable, but it's still using eggs from hens kept in battery cages.
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. Though not crulety-free, these systems nonetheless generally offer hens a significantly improved level of animal welfare than do battery cage systems. 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. 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.
The Center for Food Safety and the Consumer Federation of America have both supported a ban on battery cages due to the drastically increased risk of salmonella contamination and other human health risks. Battery cage farms have also been condemned as unsustainable by environmental organizations like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council because of their serious impact on air and water quality.
Hundreds of other colleges and universities have already made a switch to cage-free, including over twenty local schools like La Salle University, Temple University, Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania. We have already gathered hundreds of signatures from Eastern students showing their support for cage-free eggs, but we still need more help. It's time for Eastern University to make the commitment to go cage-free just like these many schools have already done! Please sign and share this petition asking Eastern University to go cage-free!