​Victory! Burger King Expands Cage-Free Egg Commitment to Mexico!

February 01, 2016

We're kicking this month off with exciting news from our Mexico office: One of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the world has just updated its plans to eliminate cages from its egg supply chain!

Burger King—the fast food giant known in part for its egg-heavy breakfast menu—is committed to transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally. The first steps toward this far-reaching goal: Completely removing cages from the supply chains of its U.S., Canadian, and now Mexican locations by 2025. With 400 locations in Mexico alone, this change will affect thousands of hens.

The commitment by Restaurant Brands International, one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies which not only owns Burger King but also the breakfast chain Tim Hortons, emphasizes how consumers like you can make a difference for the farm animals suffering within the supply chains of the restaurants that you support. Talks with The Humane League and other international animal protection groups help these food suppliers to introduce policies that address the grave conditions that these animals face, but we couldn't get the attention of these key industry players without the support of our passionate community of compassionate advocates.

Because of the growing concern in Mexico for animal welfare, THL was able to open its first internationally-based campaigns office last summer. Similar to our efforts across the U.S., THL has focused on addressing the suffering that egg-laying hens endure in tiny wire cages. Crammed into spaces so small, these animals are denied nearly all of their basic natural behaviors. Nesting, dustbathing, and perching are impossible for these abused hens.

In the months since the office opened, we've already made significant progress in our fight against cage-confinement of egg-laying hens in Mexico. In fact, just months after we started dialogue with Mexican fast food chains, bakeries, and dining service companies, we announced an unprecedented victory: Grupo Bimbo, the largest bakery on Earth and one of the largest egg purchasers in Mexico, committed to phasing out cages from their supply chain.

Burger King's announcement combined with Grupo Bimbo's progress towards setting their own transition timeline speaks volumes about the progress that we're making for animals in Mexico and globally. I look forward to sharing more news about the great progress The Humane League is making for animals in Mexico. Stay tuned!