Fast Food and Restaurant Chains
In May of 2012, the Tim Hortons restaurant chain finally agreed to making some minor improvements to animal welfare in its supply chain. They committed to phasing out gestation crates from pork suppliers, and will purchase 10% of their eggs from hens in enriched housing by the end of 2013. We commend them for doing more than any other major restaurant chain in Canada, but we will continue to encourage them to choose CAGE-FREE eggs for a greater percentage of their egg purchases, and to set a definitive timeline for phasing out gestation crates.
No one wants to support egregious animal cruelty when they dine out, but if you are ordering an egg item (e.g. omelette, eggs benny, etc.) you may be inadvertently buying eggs from battery-caged hens. Please ask the restaurant managers and eateries you frequent to start offering certified organic eggs as an alternative. Let them know you understand that they may need to add an extra charge, but if it means a better life for the animals, it is worth it. After all, many restaurants already support the idea of serving more ethically produced "Fair Trade Coffee" and serving only sustainable "Oceanwise Seafood", so why should cage-free eggs be any different?
For a list of restaurants in Metro Vancouver and Victoria offering cage-free egg items on their menu, contact us.
We are currently developing a listing for other major cities as well. If you know of any restaurants that we have missed, please let us know.