El Trigal kickstarts Sinergia Animal’s cage-free campaign in Uruguay
After just a year of Sinergia Animal’s work in Uruguay, Uruguayan food brand El Trigal has recently announced a cage-free policy for egg-laying hens to be applied to their supply chain. The company’s new policy represents a groundbreaking commitment that is the result of Sinergia Animal’s newly started cage-free campaign in Uruguay.
Operating since 1948, El Trigal committed to stop using hen eggs sourced from battery cage systems in all of its products. The cookies and gourmet products company is also present in the United States, Brazil, and Paraguay. The transition is set to be fully completed by 2025.
The impact that being housed in battery cages has on laying hens is profound. The cages confine hens to a space smaller than an A4 sheet of paper fortheir whole lifes. In these tightly packed environments, they cannot walk freely, open their wings completely, or perform other natural behaviors. This can lead them to feel frustration. The lack of exercise is linked to bone fragility and impaired bone strength. A form of osteoporosis caused by inactivity is especially prevalent in laying hens housed in battery cages.
This is a big advance that will impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of hens in Uruguay! El Trigal will now serve as a positive example for the country’s industry and lead the way for more companies to follow the same path, expanding the Uruguayan cage-free movement.
Sinergia Animal uses dialogue, negotiations, and awareness campaigns to encourage major food companies to adopt cage-free policies in their supply chains.