On April 5, 2016 the Humane Society United States excitedly reported some compelling news for hens.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and biggest food seller in America announced that by 2025 they will source 100% of their eggs from cage-free sources. This will apply to their Canadian stores too.
Needless to say, a huge victory for the HSUS, who has been working on this for over a decade and more importantly, for the hens.
Walmart is joining a growing list of restaurants and retailers that are demanding more from their egg sources, based on public pressure and proof of the inhumane conditions that hens (and other farm animals) have been forced to live in year after year.
What does this mean? A big change will have to be made by the egg sources in how they treat their hens and the conditions in which they are raised. It will also put pressure on more retailers and restaurants to follow suit.
But it shouldn’t stop with the eggs. We need to continue plowing forward and putting more and more pressure on factory farmers and the shameful conditions that American farm animals are raised in. Animals that eventually find their way into your grocery stores and onto your tables.
Back in 2014, Craig Watts, a factory farmer for Purdue, invited in an animal advocacy film crew to show the real conditions of a chicken factory farm. Despite claims that the chicken you are purchasing at your grocery store is coming from a “natural” source, these chickens live out their lives in deplorable conditions. Often sick, sometimes abused and more than likely walking around with broken body parts. You can watch the full video here.
You can help speak out for the chickens and all farm animals by joining and supporting the Compassion in World Farming organization. The CIWF is out there every day working hard to grow public awareness and make a difference to these animals.
Just as you spoke out for the hens, (bask in the glow of this huge victory) please take a moment to speak out for all other farm animals. And if you didn’t, now is the time to start. Not only are you helping those without a voice, live out their lives in a comfortable and enjoyable way, but your demanding better food for you and your family.
Your voice does make a difference. #animalrights