According to recent studies, the American public cares deeply about farm animals and wants them to be protected from suffering. So it’s no surprise that as consumers become aware of the horrific ways in which most egg-laying hens spend their lives—crammed into battery cages with no space to spread their wings, stretch their necks, or engage in any natural behaviors—the demand for cage-free eggs increases. And thanks to consumer demand, more than 2300 of the largest companies worldwide have made commitments to source 100% of the eggs they use from cage-free hens.
However, once the positive media coverage subsides, some companies don’t keep their cage-free promises. One highly profitable company, Whataburger, jumped on the cage-free bandwagon 12 years ago but hasn’t reported any cage-free progress, has no cage-free policy on its website, and displays no public evidence of a transition.
Fortunately, many other fast-food industry leaders are reporting progress, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, and White Castle. Even global giant Restaurant Brands International (RBI), the parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes, is reporting progress, despite having over 29,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.
Whataburger uses approximately 28+ million eggs at its 946 locations, impacting an estimated 101,853 hens that still suffer in battery cages. And with plans to expand to Nashville and Kansas City this year, its egg use will increase and so will the number of hens who suffer. The Humane League, a nonprofit that is pushing companies to source cage-free eggs, is calling on Whataburger to produce a roadmap detailing how it plans to meet its cage-free goal for hens in its supply chain. If you’d like to help hold Whataburger accountable and let its executives know that you don’t want cruelty with your meal, please click here.
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