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Easter Eggs that are Better for Animals and the Environment

March 29, 2010

Boston, MA - With egg sales at a high this Easter holiday season, The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is asking consumers to choose eggs that come from animals who were humanely raised. This is a simple yet powerful way to make a difference for the welfare of animals and the environment.

According to Sharanya Prasad, U.S Programs Manager of WSPA: “If people simply read the labels on egg cartons and look for ‘Certified Humane,’ ‘American Humane Certified’ or ‘Animal Welfare Approved’ claims, they can be sure that the eggs came from chickens who were humanely raised, not on a factory farm. These claims also mean the animals were not given hormones or non-therapeutic antibiotics, were not continuously confined and were allowed to engage in natural behaviors.”

Most egg, dairy, meat and poultry products in U.S. supermarkets come from animals who were raised under intensive confinement on large, factory-style farms, which causes animal suffering and has been linked to a broad range of social and environmental problems. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that factory-farmed livestock account for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all transport combined.

WSPA suggests that consumers buy these easy-to-find brands to make Easter more humane this year:

  • Born Free (Certified Humane and Cage Free and USDA Organic)

  • Cyd's Nest Fresh (Certified Humane)

  • Egg Innovations (Certified Humane and Cage Free) 

  • Eggland's Best (American Humane Certified) 

  • Eggology (Certified Humane and Cage Free and USDA Organic) 

  • Giving Nature (Certified Humane) 

  • Go-Organic Omega 3 (Certified Humane and Cage Free and USDA Organic) 

  • Nellie's Nest (Certified Humane and Cage Free) 

  • Pete & Gerry's (Certified Humane and Cage Free and USDA Organic) 

  • Phil's Fresh Eggs (American Humane Certified) 

  • Sunrise Fresh (Certified Humane and Cage Free)

WSPA’s Eat Humane campaign aims to encourage consumers to make informed decisions by reading labels on dairy, eggs, meat and poultry and recognizing which products were not factory farmed. At www.EatHumane.org, WSPA provides a searchable database of humane foods available at grocery stores and restaurants, making it quick and easy for consumers to find animal-friendly foods while grocery shopping or eating out.

Through its alliance of more than 1,000 animal welfare groups - with at least one member organization in virtually every country of the world - WSPA is able to work where there is the greatest need to stop animal suffering and cruelty. For more information on food labels, humane eating and WSPA visit www.EatHumane.org or www.WSPA-USA.org.

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Media contact:  Rodi Rosensweig for The World Society for the Protection of Animals, Phone: (203) 270-8929, E-mail: Rodicompany@earthlink.net

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