And I quote: “After months of discussion with the Humane Society of the United States, Ben & Jerry’s declared that it will adopt an exclusively cage-free egg policy for the eggs it uses in its ice cream.”
Of course, the phase-in will take four years (groan), but this is a first step in the right direction. And the eggs will come from suppliers that receive the Humane Farm Animal Care seal of approval, making Ben & Jerry’s the first national food manufacturer to make such a switch.
The good news is a result of HSUS’s ongoing Cage-Free campaign. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s had already dropped eggs from Michael Foods because of abuse and neglect.
Let’s thank Ben & Jerry’s for doing the right thing. And thanks to HSUS for its hard work on behalf of the hens.
UPDATE: According to HSUS, one of B&J’s potential egg suppliers estimates that the ice cream manufacturer uses about 100 million eggs a year, which means that annually, more than 350,000 birds will now be cage-free.