Traditional culture has always advocated the concept of treating animals raised for food with an attitude of care and appreciation. Guidelines on farm animal protection date all the way back to the Wei Dynasty in the sixth century.

Today, farm animal welfare has become an even more important concern, with an increasing number of people and companies working to promote it.

Eggs are a staple food around the world. Today, many eggs come from “battery cage” egg farms­­­­–western style industrial farms, first developed in the United States, that confine hens in small wire cages.

But across the globe, an increasing number of eggs now come from “cage-free” farms. These more modern farms provide birds with the freedom to walk around, stretch their wings, and engage in their natural behaviors.

An increasing number of eggs now come from “cage-free” farms

Because they allow chickens to live more naturally, modern cage-free farms are far better for animal welfare. In fact, animal welfare experts around the world encourage a move toward cage-free farming.

Cage-free farms aren’t just better for animal welfare. They also further improve food safety and human health.

Over a dozen scientific studies have found that eggs from modern cage-free farms have dramatically lower rates of salmonella and food poisoning. Meaning that, when it comes to eggs, companies that choose cage-free aren’t just helping protect animal welfare—they are also improving food safety.

Around the world, customers are asking companies to treat farm animals humanely. Here, surveys show over 80% of people care about the welfare of egg-laying hens and other farm animals.

Companies are responding. Almost every major supermarket chain in the United States and Europe has pledged to start selling only cage-free eggs. Hundreds of the largest restaurant chains across North and South America, as well as Europe, have pledged to do the same.

In Hong Kong, leading packaged goods companies like Nestle and Unilever, as well as some of the largest food service companies, have promised to go 100% cage-free. Many leading supermarkets now offer a selection of cage-free eggs for sale.

Lever is working to help supermarkets, restaurants and other food companies further protect farm animal welfare by going cage-free. We show supply chain managers the benefits cage-free eggs have for farm animal welfare and food safety, and help connect them with farmers who can meet their demand. And we educate consumers on the issue, so companies will be supported as they go cage-free.

If you want to help promote farm animal welfare, join or contact us now. Use Lever to move the world toward the humane treatment of farm animals.