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VHS and five other animal welfare organizations have signed a joint letter urging A&W Restaurants to stop using eggs from caged hens.
The letter follows news that Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to going 100 per cent cage-free. In recent months, a number of major food companies have also announced they will transition to using cage-free eggs.
The joint letter, addressed to A&W CEO Paul Hollands, states: “Enriched cages severely restrict important physical activities including running, flying and wing-flapping and do not permit unrestrained perching and dustbathing.” The letter says consumers have turned against eggs from caged hens and that, “To them and to the wider public, a cage is a cage.” The letter is signed by:
The Vancouver Humane Society
Humane Society International/Canada
Mercy for Animals Canada
Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals
The CanadianCoalition for Farm Animals
An online petition calling on A&W to go cage-free has gathered more than 6000 signatures.
VHS media release