Taco Bell’s ringing a song for chickens’ rights with today’s announcement that the chain is committed to using cage-free eggs in all of its 6,000-plus U.S. corporate- and franchise-owned restaurants by December, 2016.
Every A.M. Crunchwrap, breakfast burrito and biscuit taco will be made with cage-free eggs, benefitting 500,000 hens each year, Taco Bell said in a statement.
In cage-free environments, hens are able to nest, stretch their wings and move in flocks, which are natural behaviors not afforded to hens raised in battery cages.
Taco Bell said it is the first restaurant of its kind to implement this change, and the Humane Society said Taco Bell has “catapulted itself ahead of other restaurant chains.”
“Switching to 100-percent cage-free eggs by the end of 2016 is a tremendous commitment that will quickly improve the lives of countless animals and further cement the future of egg production as being one without cages,” Josh Balk, senior food policy director of the Humane Society of the United States, said.
A publicist for Taco Bell told The Huffington Post that the company doesn’t plan to pass the cost of this change on to the consumer, adding that “they want to continue to maintain great value and ensure their food is available to everyone.”
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