Today the Retail Council of Canada announced its commitment to improving animal welfare by pledging that 100 percent of eggs sold in its member stores will be cage-free by 2025. The policy affects all Retail Council of Canada grocery members, including Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, and Walmart. The move, which will spare more than 15 million hens annually from suffering in tiny wire cages, has been applauded by the international animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, which encouraged the Retail Council of Canada to develop this important policy.
The Retail Council of Canada’s statement is the latest in a wave of cage-free egg commitments by North American grocers, including Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, Food Lion, Giant, Stop & Shop, Costco, Target, CVS, Trader Joe’s, and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Additionally, nearly 100 other retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, and food manufacturers have pledged to go cage-free in the last year.