Public Health Awareness Moves Walmart to Decline Caged Chickens
This it truly an historic announcement. After working with the US Humane Society, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and America’s biggest food seller announced today that it intends to source all of its eggs from cage-free sources.
The policy, which will be fully implemented by 2025, will also apply to the company’s Canadian stores.
The Humane Society says, "Since September, when McDonald’s announced its cage-free policy, we knew that we had turned the corner in the fight against battery cages. But today, that debate ends, and the trajectory of this debate is clear. The era of confining hens in cages in America’s food system is officially sunsetting... There’s been unyielding progress throughout 2016—leading us to today’s announcement with Walmart, which provides the closing argument on the era of battery-cage confinement."
In recent months, many other stores and restaurants have announced multi-year commitments to exclusively use cage-free eggs. The grocers that have joined the movement include Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Sprouts Farmers Market.