Royal Caribbean Commits to Eliminating Battery Cages from its Supply Chain

December 05, 2015

Royal Caribbean Ltd., one of the largest cruise ship companies in the world, has set a timeline for eliminating the cruel practice of restricting egg-laying hens to battery cages and mother pigs to gestation crates. By 2022, the company's three cruise lines—Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises—will no longer source food products for its 47 ships from hens and pigs forced to spend their shortened lives in inhumane cages and crates.

In 2010, Royal Caribbean purchased a small percentage of its eggs from sources that do not cage egg-laying hens, a move that has reduced the suffering of over 30,000 hens over the past five years. After Royal Caribbean's leadership met with representatives from The Humane League last month, the company has now committed to no longer sourcing any of its eggs from caged hens. "Royal Caribbean supports the continual movement of the food service industry in this direction, and remains committed to keeping the treatment of animals in consideration when supplying its fleet with food." said Mike Jones, Vice President, Supply Chain, Royal Caribbean Cruises.

While progress is being made more swiftly towards completely eliminating these cages in the U.S., Royal Caribbean joins a small group of companies that have committed to a global ban. The caging of hens is among of the worst factory practices and one that has already been banned by the European Union, Switzerland, and New Zealand. With each anti-cage commitment, we move closer to the day when these cruel devices are history everywhere.