March 23, 2022
Panda Express has announced a global cage-free animal welfare policy, committing to source 100% cage-free eggs and egg products for all of its restaurant locations. The public campaigns leading up to the animal welfare policy commitment were led by member organizations of the Open Wing Alliance, a global animal rights coalition.
In addition to Panda Express, the Open Wing Alliance reported that more than 2,000 cage-free policies—including 100 global commitments—to end the use of battery cages have been made by some of the largest companies in the world, including Burger King, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, Unilever, Nestlé, Aldi, InterContinental Hotels, Sodexo, Kraft Heinz, Compass Group, Shake Shack, Famous Brands, Costa Coffee, and Barilla.
“We’re pleased that Panda Express is taking significant steps towards improving the treatment of egg-laying hens raised for its menu items,” said Aaron Ross, vice president of policy and strategy of The Humane League. “Consumers are demanding more humane standards for animals raised for food, and Panda Express is responding appropriately by committing to the removal of cruel battery cages from its supply chains.”
Alexandria Beck, director of the Open Wing Alliance, commented, “Restaurants worldwide are eliminating cages altogether, though brands like Five Guys fail even to address some of the most basic improvements to their treatment of animals. Consumer demand for better welfare is growing every day. These restaurants need to start listening to their customers by putting a stop to the needless animal abuse taking place every day in their supply chains.”
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