Monday, February 1, 2016

Tim Hortons' to go to cage-free eggs

Tim Hortons' 3,600 Canadian outlets will be serving only food made from eggs laid by hens that are never kept in cages, the owners have announced.

The deadline for suppliers is 2025.

After that, customers can eat food made from eggs whose hens meander around in poop, picking up diseases and infections in their feet and legs, wounding their wings and keel bones when they try to fly to perches and bullying each other, sometimes pecking their peers to death.

Tim's is now owned by Burger King which is where the decision was made for both chains. Maybe the decision makers are Americans who support Donald Trump.

It's the result of pressure applied by the Humane Society of the United States, the same organization that used retailer pressure to get gestating sows out of crates. And their supporters can claim tax breaks for the donations they make to this "charity".

"Tim Hortons' announcement is tremendous news for millions of animals," said Sayara Thurston, campaign manager for the Canadian arm of Humane Society International.

"Timmie's joining the cage-free movement is a clear signal that the future of Canadian egg production must be cage-free."

Tim Hortons and Burger King join other chains such as Starbucks, McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts and Denny's in pledging to eventually refuse eggs from producers who house their hens in small wire cages.

Tim Hortons' is the most significant Canadian chain to set a deadline to go to cage-free eggs.