13 August 2010

World’s two largest cruise lines commit to using cage-free eggs

It almost seems that the list of companies joining the ranks of those utilizing cage-free eggs in their food production grows daily. Now we can add two more to the list.

The world’s two largest cruise lines, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, have implemented policies to begin phasing in cage-free eggs. The move, not surprisingly, was helped along by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

According to the HSUS, Royal Caribbean will switch 3.2 million eggs to cage-free eggs immediately and will ramp up its efforts by increasing to 6.8 million within one year.

Not to be outdone, Carnival has also made an effort to improve its animal welfare standing. The number one cruise line is converting more than 2 millions eggs to cage-free.

Unfortunately the news isn’t all good within the land of shuffleboard and tasteful pictures by grand staircases. The world’s third largest cruise line, Norwegian, still uses suppliers that cram their hens into battery cages.

"Many vacationers take their concern for animals, food safety and sustainability with them when they travel, and we applaud Royal Caribbean and Carnival for taking those concerns seriously by reducing their reliance on eggs from caged hens," said Matthew Prescott, corporate outreach director of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "We hope that Norwegian Cruise Lines will follow the lead of its competitors in this area."

Carnival and Royal Caribbean join Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Carl’s Jr., Quiznos and Golden Corral—to name a few—who have made the switch to cage-free eggs.

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