The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) has released new data revealing that 88% of all corporate cage-free commitments with deadlines of 2021 or earlier have been fulﬁlled. More than 2,300 commitments have been made by food corporations around the world to remove cruel battery cages from their egg supply chains. Of these commitments, 982 companies have successfully completed the transition of their supply chains to cage-free.
This new data shows groundbreaking momentum within the global egg industry—a result of ongoing negotiations by 80 animal protection organizations in 63 countries that make up the OWA. This builds on momentum in the US, where ten states have passed laws to ban cruel battery cages, and in the EU, where the European Parliament voted to support a ban of cages this time last year.
“Securing thousands of corporate animal welfare pledges is an important indicator of progress for farm animals, though we know that public commitments alone won’t lead to improved treatment of animals,” says Alexandria Beck, Director of The Open Wing Alliance. “To actually save hens from a life
conﬁned in crowded, metal cages, we need to see companies making and reporting on progress towards their cage-free goals, facilitating the transition of their supply chains away from these cruel practices. Our data shows that the future is cage-free—with more than 11% of the global hen ﬂock already free from cages. This new industry standard has been set in every major market worldwide.”
Key ﬁndings of the report include:
- More than 2,300 corporate cage-free welfare policies have been secured around the world—982 of which have fulﬁllment deadlines of 2021 or earlier.
- 88% of all corporate cage-free commitments with a 2021 deadline or earlier have been fulﬁlled.
- A complete transition to cage-free supply has been seen across industry sectors:
- 394 restaurants
- 231 manufacturers
- 133 retailers
- 96 foodservice and caterers
- 73 hospitality companies
- 38 producers
- 16 distributors
- Just 4% of companies who made the pledge are not yet fully cage-free though are publicly reporting on their progress, while only 8% are not yet publicly reporting on the status of their transition.
This groundbreaking new data lays the foundation for other companies across industries who have upcoming cage-free pledge deadlines to fulﬁll.