Animal welfare groups are calling on Wendy’s to go 100% cage-free years after the fast food giant pledged to do so by 2020 This video "Animal Welfare Groups Call on Wendy’s to Go 100% Cage-Free", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com/.
ALEXANDRIA BECK: Companies moving away from the cage confinement of hens is a global trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Companies generally receive praise for giving customers what they want and for improving their animal welfare policies. But companies like Wendy's, who are refusing to be transparent about their progress and attempting to profit off of their empty promises to eliminate cages from their egg supply chain, need to be held accountable to the commitments that they made back in 2016.
According to a recent survey, 77% of people in the US are concerned about the way farm animals are treated, especially those living on factory farms. Egg-laying hens suffer immensely when they're housed in these cruel battery cages. These hens spend their entire lives unable to spread their wings or perform any of their natural behaviors. There are roughly 5 million egg-laying hens worldwide, and the vast majority of them are confined to these cages, which is why we started the Open Wing Alliance to address this issue on a global scale. Earlier this year, the Humane League released a cage-free "Eggspose," which is a report that exposes the companies that are attempting to profit off of the empty promises to eliminate cages from their egg supply chains.
85% of cage-free commitments have been fulfilled by their specified deadlines. Over 2,000 companies around the world have released cage-free policies. These include huge companies like Nestle, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks, Shake Shack, thousands of others. And so Wendy's and these companies in the "Eggspose" report are really the outliers.
These companies do not make animal welfare commitments lightly. It's a huge reputational risk for them if they were to not follow through with ethical policies that they announced. Their consumers expect them to hold themselves accountable to the public promises that they made several years ago.