Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. To help consumers can make informed, humane purchasing decisions when shopping the egg case, here are five things you should keep in mind.
5 Reasons Why Hen Welfare Should Ruffle Your Feathers
(Family Features) Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. Just three years ago, eggs from hens in cramped cages made up 95 percent of the market. Today, major corporations across the country have committed to more humane food practices by moving to cage-free eggs.
While eggs with the “cage-free” label are a step in the right direction, they’re not the complete solution. Cage-free hens still live indoors their entire lives and some free-range hens may not be as free as you think. Unscrambling the egg aisle and understanding egg carton labeling such as cage-free, free-range, organic, etc., is a challenge in and of itself. Although hen welfare conditions have improved over the past few years, it is still increasingly difficult to understand what labels are saying about the way egg-laying hens are treated.
The happy egg co., the first free-range egg brand to be certified by the American Humane Assocation, believes that each hen deserves to live a happy and healthy life. By providing each hen with 21.8 square feet of outdoor space, their hens are free to roam, spread their wings and exhibit natural behaviors on acres of open space.
National Farm Animals Day is April 10th and is the perfect time to think about ways consumers can make informed, humane purchasing decisions when shopping the egg case. As you think about which eggs to purchase, here are five things you should keep in mind:
Lean on your ‘go-to’ retailers
Can’t stop at cage-free
Know the difference
Knowledge is power and by committing to shop more humanely, consumers are able to make a positive impact on the lives of farm animals everywhere. Join the happy egg co.’s #FlockingHappy movement, designed to motivate consumers to make thoughtful purchasing decisions in the egg aisle, at flockinghappy.com. For every pledge up to 25,000 made by a consumer, the happy egg co. will make a monetary donation to Compassion in World Farming, the leading international farm animal welfare organization.
Now that you know how to determine whether the eggs you are buying came from hens that are treated humanely, get out there and support hen welfare.
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