Costco Announces Commitment To Cage-Free Eggs
Costco Wholesale, America’s third largest retailer, has followed in the footsteps of other large chains and announced the decision to commit to cage-free eggs.
The company stated that it will begin to phase out battery cages. The retailer had previously stated that they would stop using gestation crates for pigs as well as veal crates for their cows after Mercy For Animals exposed the conditions of the lives of the animals raised from Costco meat suppliers. The company stated of their latest decision:
“Costco is committed to going cage‐free for its egg procurement. In calendar 2016 we expect to sell over one billion cage free eggs. We are working with our suppliers toward a complete and sustainable transition to a cage‐free supply chain.”
“This transition, however, will take time because currently over 90% of the supply of eggs is from caged hens and because other retailers and restaurants are also moving to cage free requirements, placing greater demands on the limited supply.”