Target: Eric J. Foss, CEO of Aramark Corporation
Goal: To stop advocating animal cruelty by using battery cages at Aramark Corporation farms
The use of battery cages, or small wire cages, on farms is an outdated and cruel practice. Several prominent food supplying companies are starting to phase out the use of these cages. Despite the movement to reduce instances of animal cruelty on farms, the Aramark Corporation still uses battery cages to confine its egg-laying hens.
By still using battery cages, the Aramark Corporation is subjecting their egg-laying hens to poor living conditions. These poor hens spend most, if not all, of their lives in a small wire cage. These cages are so small that the hens cannot move freely; the hens cannot even spread their wings and are being denied their natural right to be hens. Being confined in such a small and cramped space prevents them from carrying out their natural behavior; they cannot move, walk around, or explore their surroundings. These hens must live out the duration of their lives confined to the prison they are forced to call home.
Although these cages are already extremely small for a single hen, several hens are crammed within a single cage. Not only does this further immobilize the hens, but it also presents a threat to their health. Diseases rapidly spread and kill these hens because of their close proximity to each other. These infected and diseased hens are the same hens that provide the eggs that will eventually be distributed to several food companies. Aramark Corporation’s continued use of battery cages endangers both the well-being of its egg-laying hens as well as the well-being of consumers who inevitably consume the eggs and byproducts of these hens.
Aramark Corporation should follow the example of other prominent food supplying companies. There is absolutely no reason as to why battery cages are still necessary on their farms. If other companies are able to phase these cages out, the Aramark Corporation has no excuse to keep using them. The personal preference to continue using battery cages reflects the ideals of the company and should make food companies and consumers think twice before conducting any business with them. Urge the Aramark Corporation to stop contributing to the cruelty farm animals face. Sign the petition below to demand that the Aramark Corporation stop using battery cages.
Dear Eric J. Foss,
The continued use of battery cages on your farms must be stopped. This is an outdated and cruel practice, one that is illegal in most US states. There are surely more humane ways to handle your egg-laying hens. Some of your competitors have already begun to phase out the use of battery cages on their farms. You should follow in their example and make your farms more humane and safe for the animals who live on them.
There is absolutely no reason that you need to continue the use of battery cages on your farm; other companies have proven that these cages are not necessary for a successful business. In fact, using these cages can be detrimental to your business. Chickens who are confined in battery cages are more susceptible to infections and diseases, making their eggs more likely to be contaminated.
I am urging you to stop advocating animal cruelty. Please take the action to find a more humane way to treat your egg-laying hens and to stop using battery cages.
[Your Name Here]
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