Google stands up for poultry rights
Google, which makes billions of dollars helping
computer users navigate the Internet, has already a lot of eggs in its basket,
but now wants them to be cage free. Animal rights groups urged the
In a growing animal welfare trend that is being embraced by natural foods
markets, universities and technology companies, Google officials plan to
announce their employee cafeterias will no longer serve eggs that come from hens
housed in cages.
Google employs roughly 6,000 workers, consumes about
300,000 eggs a year and uses 3,500 kg of liquid egg products in its baking and
cooking. By year end, the company will have 12 cafes on its Mountain View,
"This is a matter of common decency,'' said Paul
Shapiro, director of the factory-farming campaign at the Humane Society of the
United States, in Washington D.C. "These animals are completely at our mercy. It
should be a source of shame for us how miserably we treat them.''
egg campaign, championed by the Humane Society, is the 2006 version of previous
efforts by environmental and animal rights groups to steer shoppers toward
socially responsible food choices.
Google officials say the decision
is part of a wider effort to incorporate environmental and social values into
"We're happy to do it,'' said John Dickman, Google's
global food services manager. "There's a ripple effect that I think will happen.
Other companies also will want to ensure humane treatment of animals.''
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