Target: Brian Cornell, Board President and CEO of Target
Goal: Express thanks for company’s decision to use cage-free eggs.
The animal welfare movement scored another victory as a major corporation announced its intention to use eggs from cage-free chickens. Superstore retailer Target has pledged to go cage-free and in doing so, has joined a growing list of organizations that have made their commitment to animal welfare clear. The switch to cage-free eggs can be costly, and this company deserves recognition for its efforts.
Caged farms have long been the target of activists. In these farms, hens are forced to live in a space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper and they have no room to stretch their wings or even turn around. Hens kept in these conditions are far less healthy than their cage-free counterparts, often suffering from feather loss, bruises, and brittle bones. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that suggests meat and eggs from caged hens are more likely to contain Salmonella, which is one of the most common causes of food-borne illness and deaths in North America.
Target is not the first organizations to recognize this troubling trend. Other global corporations such as McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Starbucks, and General Mills have already made similar pledges. Taco Bell is ready to be cage-free by the end of 2016. Burger King is perhaps the most progressive of the group: the fast-food chain announced its intentions to go cage-free back in 2012. This plan will become a reality next year as all Burger King restaurants will use cage-free eggs by the end of 2017.
Nevertheless, only 9 percent of egg-laying hens in the United States live cage-free. The vast majority (approximately 250 million hens) are still confined to cages, but the writing is on the wall: cage-free is the kinder, less cruel choice. Many restaurants are choosing this humane option, and as a result more and more chickens are being freed from their cages. Sign the petition below to thank Target for their progressive stance on this issue.
Dear Mr. Cornell,
I am writing to thank you for your organization’s decision to switch to cage-free eggs. Hens living in caged farms are forced to live in a space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper and they have no room to stretch their wings or even turn around. Hens kept in these conditions are far less healthy than their cage-free counterparts, often suffering from feather loss, bruises, and brittle bones. Cage-free chickens, on the other hand, have the necessary space and freedom, leading to happier animals and healthier meat and eggs.
Several other companies have made decisions similar to yours, and it is clear that the tide is turning against caged farms. Nevertheless, I understand that implementing these measures can often be a lengthy, complex, and expensive process. Thank you for making this commitment to ending cruelty in our country’s farming systems.
[Your Name Here]
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