Victory! Subway Announces 100% Cage-Free Policy
Subway, the largest restaurant chain in the world, has released a public commitment to transition to using exclusively cage-free eggs throughout their North American operations. The Connecticut-based company currently has over 30,000 locations in the US and Canada who will be impacted by the announcement. Like McDonalds, the shift could take up to 2025 to take place.
This move comes after an online petition from The Humane League accrued over 40,000 signatures in less than 5 days. Earlier this year, The Humane League engaged in similar, successful public efforts against companies such as Sodexo, The Cheesecake Factory, General Mills, and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Hens in battery cage farms are confined their whole lives in cages so small that they can barely turn around and cannot spread their wings. Within these systems hens suffer in ways that set battery cages apart as one of the cruelest forms of modern farming:
- rubbing their feathers off from constant contact with cage bars;
- living in their own feces and the feces of other birds;
- frequent foot deformities from wire mesh flooring;
- denial of basic behaviors: nesting, dust bathing, and perching.
This has been a banner year for egg laying hens. Collectively, these corporate commitments are sending a clear message to egg producers: there is no place for cages in modern agriculture.