In a perfect world, no one would eat eggs. But until then, every step toward a more humane life for egg-laying hens is a step in the right direction. The Humane Society of the United States is leading the way, and by taking part in its Cage-Free Campus campaign, you can help.
HSUS persuades companies and schools to stop buying eggs that have been produced in battery cages, and it has seen great success with corporate giants like Google, AOL, Whole Foods, and Wild Oats. (Trader Joe’s has at least gone cage-free for the eggs it sells under its store label, while Ben & Jerry’s hasn’t budged an inch with regard to its U.S. ice cream.) As far as colleges go, Yale, Tufts, Vassar, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dartmouth, among others, have made the switch to cage-free in their dining halls. But a lot of schools still haven’t, and yours might be one of them.
Getting your school to go cage-free might seem like a daunting task, but Josh Balk, the outreach coordinator of HSUS’s Factory Farming Campaign, can help you make it happen. Contact him for articles on going cage-free, the most effective arguments to use when lobbying cafeteria management, tips on how to hold successful meetings, and contact information for nearby providers of cage-free eggs.
So help the hens by getting your university to go cage-free. Josh Balk can be reached at 301-721-6419 and firstname.lastname@example.org.