Delaware North Companies, one of the largest food service providers in the country, announced a commitment to source 100% of its eggs from cage-free hens by the second quarter of 2016. Delaware North will be making a historic complete switch that signals a seismic shift in the food industry. The move comes after discussions with The Humane League, who praises the food service giant for its unprecedented boycott.
“We appreciate Delaware North’s announcement to improve animal welfare within its purchasing practices. This move is one that will impact the lives of tens of thousands of animals.” says The Humane League’s Executive Director, David Coman-Hidy. “The elimination of cruel practices like battery-cages has become increasingly important to consumers. Its heartening to see companies like Delaware North align their practices with consumer demands.”
“Delaware North is a socially responsible corporate citizen. As such, we are always looking for opportunities with vendors to evolve our products. The company proudly supports cage free shell eggs and is currently exploring an eventual transition to cage free liquid eggs. Currently, the company does use cage free liquid eggs in several of its locations. We understand that cage free advocacy groups are currently working with suppliers on the issues of sourcing and supply. Based on these factors, Delaware North commits to making a transition to cage free eggs – shell and liquid – by 2016 based on supply availability,” said Michael Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for Delaware North Companies sports operations.
The Humane League advocates for a boycott of farms that cruelly confine animals for companies across the country and has successfully worked with many companies like Johnsonville Sausage, Au Bon Pain, Ikea, and others, to phase out cruel intensive confinement practices from their supply chain. Battery cages house egg-laying hens in tightly confined space with less room than a sheet of paper to live in for virtually their entire lives, these sentient animals are unable to spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. This outdated agricultural practice is so cruel that it is already illegal in the entire European Union and several states in the US.