First Asian company commits to 100% cage-free egg supply chain
As one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations, HIS provides technical resources and trainings on cage-free egg production to companies across the world to support the implementation of animal welfare policies. Specifically, the cage-free movement attempts to improve the welfare and treatment of hens worldwide.
By 2020, the Singaporean hospitality company’s concepts, including Loof, The White Rabbit, OverEasy, Tanjong Beach Club, The Black Swan and Odette, will use only cage-free eggs.
This is particularly important as most egg-laying hens in Asia are kept in wire battery cages, spending their life in the confines of a space equivalent to an A4-sized sheet of paper. Battery cages prevent hens from moving freely and performing natural behaviours like nesting, perching and dust bathing.
“We applaud The Lo & Behold Group for becoming the first Asian company to commit to a cage-free egg policy, and for leading the way towards a higher standard of corporate social responsibility for animal welfare in the region. Consumers around the world care about the way animals who are raised for food are treated,” said Dawn Neo, corporate outreach manager for HSI Farm Animals in Asia.
Neo highlights an important driver encouraging this change; not only will hens be treated more humanely, but more consumers want to know the origins of their food and the way it was produced.
“There is a growing demand for higher welfare and quality products and cage-free eggs are a key example of high-quality, sustainable ingredients. We look forward to continuing to work with Humane Society International on this and other animal welfare issues,” explained Andrew Ing, chief operating officer of The Lo & Behold Group.
The Lo & Behold Group joins other multinational companies that have made similar global cage-free egg commitments that apply to Singapore and the rest of Asia, including AccorHotels, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Nestle, Sodexo, Compass Group and Unilever.
“The Lo & Behold Group’s praiseworthy commitment makes it clear that Asia’s future is cage-free. We are proud to work with them on this initiative, and look forward to working with more companies in Singapore and the region on similar policies,” Neo stated.
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