TORONTO — Nestlé Canada will switch exclusively to cage-free eggs in all its Canadian products by 2025. The decision comes following discussions with Mercy for Animals — an international farmed-animal protection organization.
“We’re thrilled to see that Nestlé Canada has committed to helping protect the lives of farmed animals,” says Krista Hiddema, VP of Mercy for Animals. “Nestlé’s updated policy will significantly improve the welfare of millions of egg-laying hens in Canada and we hope it will encourage the National Farm Animal Care Council, the pseudo-governmental body responsible for drafting the codes of practice for farmed-animal care, to ensure the final Layer Code of Practice recommends only cage-free housing.”
Caging hens is currently illegal in a number of U.S. states and in the European Union, and organizations such as Mercy for Animals are pushing for Canada to adopt similar regulations.