Today Wakefern, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative with 50 member companies operating supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite, and The Fresh Grocer banners, pledged that 100 percent of eggs sold in its stores would be cage-free by 2025. The move, which will spare countless hens from suffering in tiny wire cages, follows a campaign by The Humane League and a shocking undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals revealing egregious animal abuse at a ShopRite egg supplier.
MFA’s hidden-camera footage exposed thousands of birds packed so tightly into filthy wire cages the birds were hardly able to move without crawling over other birds. Severely sick and injured birds were left to slowly suffer and die without proper veterinary care, and the bodies of dead animals were seen rotting in cages with live birds still laying eggs for human consumption.
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Wakefern’s statement is the latest in a wave of cage-free egg commitments by major grocers, including Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, and Safeway. Additionally, more than 100 other retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, and food manufacturers have pledged to go cage-free in the past year.
Unfortunately, Publix still refuses to ditch cruel cages. That's why today we're launching a campaign calling on Publix to join its competitors in adopting a 100 percent cage-free policy for all of its 1,100+ stores.
Visit Publix's Facebook page and comment under the two most recent posts:
Why does Publix allow its suppliers to confine hens in cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings when Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, and so many others do not? Shoppers won’t support a company that supports animal abuse! Publix.HenHell.com
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