Cruise Line Gets Award From Humane Society For Using Cage-Free Eggs

humane-society-award-royal-caribbean-cruise-cage-free-eggsRoyal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines have all become 2010 recipients of The Humane Society of the United States’ Corporate Progress Award.

These companies received this award for recognizing and making changes to reduce animal suffering and advance awareness for the welfare of animals.  “Royal Caribbean has helped pave the way for animal welfare improvements in the cruise industry. We applaud the company’s efforts to reduce animal suffering by moving toward cage-free eggs and hope that others will follow its lead.” Spoken by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS.

In 2010, the world’s second largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean, became the first cruise line to begin using cage-free eggs. This prompted its competitors to do the same. Royal Caribbean switched to 3.2 million cage-free eggs immediately and commits to increasing to 6.8 million before the year is over. This has given 30,000 hens each year a little more room to spread their wings and move about rather than living in a cage with a floor (wire rack) the size of an eight and half by 11 inch sheet of paper and not being able to even open their wings!

Bravo to Royal Caribbean and others that have followed suit: Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Subway, Sonic, Quiznos, Red Robin, Hardees, Carl’s Jr, Hellman’s mayonnaise, Wal-Mart, Costco and Subway.  Hellman’s is converting 350 million eggs used each year!  This is huge and I am so happy to write about it. I love writing about good news!

Recently an American Farm Bureau-funded report found that 89% of Americans feel much better and happier knowing the suppliers of the food they are going to eat treated the farm animals better and are doing the right thing.

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