Cage-free movement keeps growing in Asia and Latin America
Two companies have recently announced commitments to ban the use of eggs from cage systems in their supply chains after dialogues with Sinergia Animal and other animal protection organizations. Both the Chilean company Buffalo Waffles and the Indonesian Hokkaido Baby have published a 100% cage-free policy to be applied to all locations in their respective countries.
With forty waffle-specialized diners throughout Chile, Buffalo Waffles has committed to source 100% of its eggs from cage-free suppliers. According to the company’s published policy, its goal is to “help the country’s industry transition to a more noble production method”. Buffalo Waffles completed its transition to a fully cage-free supply in February 2022.
In a similar move, Indonesian bakery chain Hokkaido Baby has also released a cage-free policy for its four locations in the country’s capital, Jakarta. Founded in 2016, the bakery’s menu offers Franco-Japanese desserts not commonly found in Indonesia. The company will finish its transition to a completely cage-free operation by 2023.
This is a big advance that will impact the lives of thousands of hens in Chile and Indonesia! Confinement in cages can cause hens immense suffering and frustration throughout their lives.
Battery cages are considered one of the cruelest agricultural practices. In these systems, hens spend their whole lives in cramped wire cages. Each hen has a space smaller than a sheet of A4 paper, within which they cannot perform many of their natural behaviors, such as spreading their wings or dust bathing.
Sinergia Animal uses dialogue, negotiations, and awareness campaigns to encourage major food companies to adopt cage-free policies in their supply chains.