Target: Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Merchandising of Safeway
Goal: End relations with egg suppliers that treat hens cruelly.
Grocery chain Safeway continues to do business with egg suppliers that keep their hens in cages. As one of America’s largest grocery chains, Safeway’s switch to cage-free eggs would be a huge victory. In recent years, there has been an uptick in support for cage-free eggs. Media exposure has revealed the squalid conditions in which caged animals are trapped, and as a result, several corporations have announced their commitment to the exclusive use of cage-free eggs.
Caged farms have long been a target for animal welfare activists. In caged farms, hens are confined to a space smaller than a piece of notebook paper, with little room to move about or even turn around. When compared to cage-free hens, these animals are far unhealthier, commonly suffering from brittle bones, feather loss, and bruises. Additionally, scientific evidence indicates that meat products from caged hens are more likely to contain Salmonella, a food-borne illness that can cause death.
The change to cage-free eggs is costly and time-consuming, so a little reluctance is understandable. Safeway’s hesitation, however, is not shared by its peers and competitors. Global companies including Subway, General Mills, McDonald’s and Starbucks have vowed to cut ties with suppliers who use cages. By the end of 2017, all Burger King restaurants will use cage-free eggs, and superstore retailer Target recently announced their plans to join the cage-free movement. Safeway’s refusal to create similarly progressive policies shows an unwillingness to adapt to a changing marketplace.
Safeway’s influence as an economic power would go a long way towards ending this cruel practice. Sign the petition below and help convince this massive corporation to join its fellow retailers and use only cage-free eggs.
Dear Mr. Sampson,
Your company has long been a leader in the industry, but the failure to commit to cage-free egg suppliers demonstrates ignorance towards the public’s growing sentiment against this cruel practice. Caged farms subject millions of hens to neglect and pain, as these animals are crammed into minuscule spaces and suffer from poor health and even death. Overwhelming scientific evidence indicates that hens kept in cages are far unhealthier than their cage-free counterparts.
Though the change to cage-free eggs is costly and time-consuming, your peers and competitors do not share the same hesitation. Global companies including Subway, General Mills, McDonald’s and Starbucks have vowed to cut ties with suppliers who use cages, with corporations such as Target and Costco recently joining the ranks. Safeway’s influence as an economic power would go a long way towards ending the use of caged farms, and I urge you to follow the progressive measures taken by other corporations and exclusively use cage-free eggs.
[Your Name Here]
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