Universities and Colleges
Chicken OUT! is working with universities and colleges across the country to end the use of eggs from caged hens in campus food services. Currently over 350 academic institutions in North America have either reduced or eliminated eggs from caged hens on school menus.
In Canada, 18 Canadian academic institutions have reduced or eliminated the use of eggs from battery cage hens. This includes the Universities of BC, Guelph, Simon Fraser, Ottawa, McGill, Concordia, Carleton, Ryerson, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Northern BC, Brock, Victoria and Saskatchewan. Colleges include Langara, Humber and York as well as BCIT.
Campuses from coast to coast are rushing to drop eggs from caged hens. Many more are putting the final touches on their more humane egg procurement policies.
Want to help make your school campus cage free? We can help. Contact us.
The University of Guelph
In April 2007, Guelph, Canada's premier agricultural university, became the first school in the country to announce it would go cage-free. They started with whole (shell) eggs. If Guelph can do it, anyone can. Read the full story here.
In May 2007, Langara College in BC became the first school in Canada to remove all caged hen eggs (whole, liquid and boiled) from the campus cafeteria (find out more by clicking here). Whole eggs, liquid eggs and hard-boiled eggs will all be from hens who have had the space to flap their wings, dust bathe and use nest boxes. This decision exceeds any other academic institution in Canada to date.
BC Institute of Technology
BCIT became the second school in Canada to choose cage-free eggs on Campus. Thanks to Chartwells, the schools food service provider, the switch was made quickly. Chatwells is committed to improving the lives of animals through their operations.
University of British Columbia
In September 2007, UBC switched all its whole egg operations to cage-free. As one of the largest universities in Canada, this switch has meant a profound difference in the way hens are raised locally. UBC plans to switch all eggs to cage-free over time.
Some of the latest additions:
Simon Fraser University and Concordia University switched to using cage-free eggs on campus starting January 2008. (For more on this story, click here.)
Wilfrid Laurier University has also followed suit in switching to eggs that do not come from caged hens. (For the full story, click here.)
Other universities and colleges include:
2008: Waterloo, Ryerson, Ottawa and McGill
2009: Brock, Carleton, Victoria
2011: Humber, York (cage-free thanks to WSPA!)
Many other schools are currently looking at cage-free egg policies. If you would like to start or have already started a movement to have your university go cage-free, please contact us. We would be happy to provide resources and support. Together, we can make Canadian universities and colleges completely cage-free!