News update:Jan 22, 2007

Cage-free chicken eggs for Burgerville

Officials of the restaurant chain Burgerville, stated they will begin using eggs from hens not raised in cages.

Burgerville, a chain owned by The Holland Inc. of Vancouver, WA (US)says it uses about 600,000 eggs per year and will now get its eggs from Stiebrs Farms of Yelm, Washington. Stiebrs says its chickens are fed a 100 percent vegetarian diet, are raised in barns with no cages, and are allowed to roam and nest.
"All of the hens producing eggs for Stiebrs Farms are free to run, groom, and socialize without restrictions," officials of the restaurant chain said in a statement. They added that Burgerville is the first restaurant to use these types of eggs on its menu. Burgerville's action was applauded by the Humane Society of the United States.
"Burgerville is setting a positive example for other socially responsible restaurant chains to follow," said Paul Shapiro, factory farming campaign director for the Humane Society, in a statement.
Burgerville operates 39 restaurants in southwestern Washington and Oregon.

Editor WorldPoultry

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