IHOP to test use of cage-free eggs after Humane Society campaign

Daelyn Fortney | 12/20/09

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After a rigorous campaign urging International House of Pancakes (IHOP) to switch to cage-free eggs, The Humane Society received promising news. The breakfast food chain has "agreed to begin testing the use of cage-free eggs, and, if successful, intends to switch millions of eggs from battery to cage-free within the next few months."

Egg laying hens for IHOP's main egg supplier, Michael Foods, are confined in crowded battery cages that are so small the birds cannot even spread their wings. The hens live in the deplorable conditions which amount to an area about the size of a piece of paper. After a year the hens are slaughtered.

In September Bill Maher starred in a video for The Humane Society where he deemed IHOP, the International House of Pain as he explained the conditions in which hens are "crammed into tiny cages where they can barely move an inch."

Wendy's, Burger King, Denny's, Quiznos, Hardee's, and Carl's Jr. have already started making the switch from battery-cage eggs and are using some cage-free eggs in their restaurants.

The encouraging news of IHOP's possible switch to cage-free eggs has led the animal protection organization to put a moratorium on the IHOP animal cruelty campaign. The pancake house will update The Humane Society by March 15 with news on the transition.  Article source


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