General Mills has made significant commitments to cage-free chickens and eggs. The company will transition to using cage-free eggs with 75-80% of its global purchase coming from cage-free chickens by the end of 2021 and a goal of 100% cage-free by 2025, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
General Mills announced the cage-free commitments as part of a broader animal rights and welfare strategy. The United States has seen significant changes in the expansion of cage-free eggs. As legislation in Massachusetts and California move ahead, 50 million additional hens will live in cage-free environments.
“We’ve been working to free every egg-laying hen from industrial cage confinement,” said Matthew Prescott, senior director of food and agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States in an emailed statement. “Food companies can and should at least let farm animals spread their wings and stretch their legs. To be forced to live a whole life inside a tiny, cramped cage without being able to do this is just unthinkable — it’s no life at all. All this recent progress from the food industry shows that we’re well on our way to a cage-free future.”
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