You Should Know

April 2018 Issue

Making Sense of Cage-Free Egg Labels

The vast majority of egg-laying hens in the U.S. spend their lives in a caged area smaller than a single sheet of paper. They canít turn around, spread their wings, or engage in natural behaviors, such as nesting, perching, or dust-bathing. As word of these deplorable conditions spreads, interest in cage-free eggs is growing. The number of cage-free egg-laying hens in the U.S. has more than doubled since January 2016, although as of December 2017, cage-free hens still made up just short of 16 percent of all egg-laying hens in the U.S.

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