Target: Rutgers University President Robert Barchi
Goal: Praise Rutgers University for switching to cage-free eggs
Rutgers University recently became one of the largest colleges in the nation to change to cage-free eggs in its dining halls. Despite the additional costs they knew the transition would entail, students pressed the issue for nearly three years and were finally successful. Not only is Rutgers saving many hens from a life of torture, they are also serving as a positive influence for the thousands of students who attend, and for that they deserve our praise.
For several years, Rutgers students held meetings, signed petitions and engaged with officials to advocate their cause. The new eggs will cost all students at an additional $10 to $15 for their meal plans each year regardless of whether they eat the eggs or not. Despite the cost, university officials said, the students all agree that the costlier eggs are worth it because it is more humane than using eggs from chickens forced to spend their lives in cramped cages.
Constance Li, a member of the student group Rutgers United for the Welfare of Animals, made a statement saying, “There are a lot of things you can do with your life to help animals — volunteering or adopting a pet from a shelter. But not too many people are working on welfare for farm animals. They are the largest population of animals currently in need of help in the U.S.” Cage-free eggs have become an important issue for university students across the country. Harvard, Princeton, the University of Florida, and nearly one hundred more campuses have recently gone cage-free because of pressure from students. Rutgers, however, will have a much greater impact on the movement because it has one of the largest dining operations in the country, purchasing more than one million eggs and 150,000 pounds of liquid eggs every year.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank both Rutgers University and its students for keeping thousands of hens from suffering each year.
Dear President Barchi,
After several years of pressure from students, Rutgers University finally gave in and decided to make the transition to cage-free eggs in its dining facilities. This seems a pivotal step in the movement students seem to be pushing across the country, not only because of the size of Rutgers, but because it possesses one of the largest dining facilities in nation, making its impact on the lives of animals much more significant.
Thank you, to both your students and to Rutgers itself, for making such a large transition for the sake of the welfare of animals. I hope that your decision will serve as an influence to other universities across the nation.
[Your Name Here]
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