Activists from the NGO Sinergia Animal conducted a peaceful act called Animal Cemetery in the Florida pedestrian street of Centro Porteño. The protest featured a cemetery-shaped model and crosses symbolizing the millions of animals that live and die in deplorable conditions in the country’s egg industry.
The NGO has been asking since late 2017 for the food giant Arcor to assume a cage-free policy for its entire egg supply chain.
“We are here to ask for the minimum we can ask for laying hens: that Arcor, as a market maker, ends the confinement of hens in cages throughout its egg supply chain, with a clear deadline, and without conditions,” said Romina Viscarret, coordinator of Sinergia Animal in Argentina.
“We are in 2020, and we cannot allow animals to be exploited in horrific ways where they cannot even walk.”
In partnership with Danone, Arcor owns Bagley, the largest producer of biscuits in South America. An increasing number of companies are committed to using only eggs from cage-free hens in their products. Some examples are Argentina’s Havanna, Freddo, Tea Connection and Green Eat, Le Pain Quotidien, Café Martínez and the multinationals Nestlé, Starbucks, Mcdonald's, and Unilever. But, according to protesters, Arcor and Danone still have a partial commitment that is not applicable to all their products.
“Imagine spending your whole life in a cage so overcrowded where you could not even walk or stretch your arms freely. This is how the 42 million hens live in the egg industry in Argentina. Scientific studies prove that hens suffer from stress, frustration, and fractures due to the lack of bone development and even arrive with fractures exposed to the slaughterhouse,” Romina said. “We are asking Arcor to please end this cruelty in their products, completely.”
Recently the musician and actor Nicolás Pauls was the voice of an investigative material from the NGO that exposes the conditions of many Argentine egg farms: the animals are overcrowded, in the dirt, unable to perform many of their natural behaviors, unable to fully stretch their wings and not able to walk freely.
“In the 21st century, we cannot allow companies to continue taking advantage of the extreme confinement of animals in the worst conditions one can imagine, and it is time for companies like Arcor and Danone to set the example.” Romina completed.
About Sinergia Animal
Sinergia Animal is an international organization that works in the countries of the Global South to help animals in the food industry and promote more compassionate diets. The NGO is recognized as one of the most effective in the world by the renowned Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE).
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