The company will also eliminate any pork produced through
locking mother pigs in gestation crates from its supply chain.
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Ahold Delhaize, the company that owns some of the largest
grocery chains in the United States, including Food Lion, Giant
Food, the GIANT Company, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, has
announced it will only sell eggs from cage-free chickens across all
its stores by 2025 or sooner. The company will also eliminate any
pork produced through locking mother pigs in gestation crates from
its supply chain.
This is incredible news, coming as it does from what is the
nation’s fourth-largest grocery retailer, with more than 2,000
locations. The company’s new animal welfare policy, which comes
after dialogue with the Humane Society of the United States,
eliminates two of the most heinous forms of intensive animal
confinement in cages and crates. Cages used to confine egg-laying
chickens are so small that the animals cannot express natural
behaviors like running, exploring or even extending their wings.
Each chicken is given less space than a sheet of paper on which to
live. Gestation crates, used to confine mother pigs, are about the
same width and length of the animal’s body, leaving them with no
room to even turn around.
The announcement from Ahold Delhaize is the latest in a series
of similar pledges that the HSUS, Humane Society International, and
other animal protection organizations have secured from hundreds of
major food companies over the last decade, including Kroger,
Aramark and Unilever. With our
Food Industry Scorecard, we are keeping track of the progress
these companies are making toward achieving their cage-free
In addition, we have helped secure the passage of a dozen state
laws to end the cruel cage confinement of farm animals, including
in Massachusetts where Ahold Delhaize is based.
While cage-free doesn’t equate to cruelty-free, thanks to the
headway we’re making, tens of millions of animals will never know
the misery of being locked in tiny cages for their entire lives.
Let’s take a moment today to celebrate this incredible win for
egg-laying hens and mother pigs even as we continue our work to
dismantle the cruelty of cage confinement in the United States and
Source: FS – Pets – A Humane Nation
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