(US-mn) U of M to acquire eggs from cage-free poultry
- [Minneapolis City Pages]
Suffer the chickens that reside in cages. That's the philosophy now
adopted by the dining services at the U of M. Last month they passed a
resolution stating that the 2,800 pounds of liquid eggs the dining
services purchase each week will now be from cage-free poultry. The
change comes with the ringing endorsement of animal rights group the
Compassionate Action of Animals who have campaigned for the cause for
over a year.
"Compassionate Action for Animals is delighted that the University of
Minnesota has taken the important step of withdrawing support for one
of factory farming's worst cruelties—highly restrictive caging of
hens," says Gil Schwartz, campaign coordinator for CAA. "This move,
from one of the United States' largest universities, is sending a
clear message to the egg industry: that battery eggs are simply too
cruel for any socially responsible school to support."
Chickens farmed in battery cages typically spend a lifetime in a space
smaller than a sheet of paper, which greatly prohibits movement.
Though several local schools have already adopted cage-free policy,
and many fast food chains (McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King) have
adopted fowl-friendlier policies, the U will be the largest Minnesota
school to go cage-free.
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