Burger King announces a global cage-free policy

Coalition of 75 nonprofits persuades Restaurant Brands International (RBI) to source 100% cage-free eggs worldwide. One of the world’s largest restaurant groups, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), owner of leading brands Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons, today released comprehensive global cage-free policies. This commitment to improving its animal welfare policies occurred within 44 days of the launch of a public campaign by the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of more than 75 major animal protection organizations.  The new global policy released by Restaurant Brands International (RBI) commits each brand to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs and egg products for every single one of their locations worldwide. This transition will be complete…

0.5 million Birds Boiled Alive at Slaughterhouse

Chickens with red skin. This is a picture taken in 2017 in Japan. The reason why their skin gets red is because of the errors that take place at slaughterhouses. Their necks often don’t get slit properly, and as a result, the birds are boiled alive. In Japan, chickens with red skin like this are disposed as “chickens with failure of bleeding.” In other words, these are “accidents,” and the birds’ lives, sufferings, and pain get tossed away as though nothing occurred. What kind of pain? No Stunning Many slaughterhouses kill birds by slitting their throats without stunning by utilizing electronic shock or gas to knock out birds first in…

The Cruel Last Day of Hens: Being left for a long time at a slaughterhouse

Many hens in Japan have a short miserable life in a battery cage. The result of an investigation conducted by the Animal Rights Center shows their condition is much crueler than the center had expected. ▾MOVIE | ▾Whistle-blowing and Vilification | ▾The Conditions of Hens at Night | ▾Why is this happening? | ▾Violating Global Standards AND Domestic Law | ▾Shift for Change | ▾Get on with improvements! After hens are used as egg-laying machines for one or two years, they are called waste chickens or mature chickens. They are slaughtered for meat. The meat is used for canned meat products, processed food, frozen food, ground meat, chicken extract, and chicken ham. Their big, but unhealthily white-color bent combs are used for…

Oenosato Natural Farm is cage free “respecting chickens’ natural ways”

Oenosato Nature Farm in Yazu-gun, Tottori Prefecture has supported ARCJ’s Cage-Free & Egg-Smart Campaign.  Eggs used in restaurants, cafes, and souvenirs like sweets in the facility are all cage-free.  Only the eggs collected at the cage-free poultry farm in the ranch are used.  Pancakes and sweets made with cage-free eggs are gaining popularity. In addition, Oenosato Nature Farm has a 40,000-bird class cage-free poultry farm.They began cage-free rearing because “the founder, who was disappointed with modern poultry that treats chickens as if they were tools for laying eggs, treats chickens as living beings and raises them in their natural form” *1.“It is natural for chickens to run around freely on…

Lapin Noir Kurousagi, a bakery in Chichibu, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Lapin Noir Kurousagi in Chichibu, Saitama, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, About 30 years ago when we started a bakery, we used to keep chickens and sell eggs. From that time, I took it for granted.  Cage-rearing is anyway not acceptable. They serve 50 kinds of bread made from organic ingredients like domestic wheat, 11 kinds of cookies, and several kinds of cakes. They also have vegan breads. This store kindly agreed to declare cage-free, and recognize that cage-free rearing is more natural in…

Sugiura Inbo, a wine and bistro restaurant, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Wine bar Sugiura Inbo in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says. At first, I used cage-free eggs because of the poultry farm that I knew.  They were really delicious and good eggs, and I wondered why they were delicious.  As I visited the farm and learned more, I was convinced that the good environment for the animals was why the eggs were delicious . What is cage rearing? In cage rearing, which is the common rearing method for eggs in Japan, chickens are…

Soi cafe, a back alley cafe in Saitama, is cage free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, soi cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says. The reason I use cage-free eggs is that I went to see an acquaintance’s poultry farm and saw the handmade food and good environment there. Cage-free eggs are made in a good environment, so I would like to use them, knowing that they will be priced accordingly. It was great to hear that they are willing to pay for the better rearing method for animals, rather than obtaining eggs cheaply and efficiently. What is…

Authentic Italian restaurant, Panzerotteria, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, an Italian restaurant, Panzerotteria in Shibuya, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine such as fried pizza called Panzerotti. In addition to cage-free eggs, meat from free-range cows is used as ingredients taking into account animal welfare. What is cage rearing? In cage rearing, which is the common rearing method for eggs in Japan, chickens are placed in cages and are overcrowded in order to prioritize productivity. As a result, chickens are susceptible to illness due to lack of exercise, and drugs…

Colorado to ban production and sale of eggs with cages, requiring minimum space and enrichment

On 2020/7/1, following Michigan, Colorado passed a law concerning confinement standards for egg-laying hens.  From 2025/1/1, confinement in an enclosure will be banned, as well as sale of eggs from such practice. The law clearly states at the top that this is “to protect the health and welfare of consumers, promote food safety, and advance animal welfare”. Even in cage-free housing, the law requires provision of enrichment that allow the hens to exhibit natural behaviors, including, at a minimum, scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust bathing areas.  In addition, at least 1 square foot (929cm2) of usable floor space per hen is required.  In the case of single level…

Additive-free chiffon cake “Kimichiffon” is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a chiffon cake shop, Kimichiffon in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This was originally a cage-free egg farm called Farm Armu, and they also run an additive-free chiffon cake shop using the eggs. The owner says, We don’t think it makes sense to keep chickens unless we keep them cage-free.  First of all, if you keep the chickens trapped, they cannot exercise and they have no physical strength, so you’d have to use drugs from when they are chicks.  Instead, they can walk around and…

Spanish restaurant El Campo is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a Spanish restaurant, El Campo in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This is a Spanish restaurant that serves cage-free egg omelets. The reason why the restaurant uses cage-free eggs is to help its acquaintances on a cage-free egg farm and because safe feed is used and the chickens are healthy in cage-free rearing. What is cage rearing? In cage rearing, which is the common rearing method for eggs in Japan, chickens are placed in cages and are overcrowded in order to prioritize productivity. As a result,…

A ramen shop using free-ranged eggs, “Kakurenosato Araki“, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a ramen shop, Kakurenosato Araki in Aira City, Kagoshima Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This shop uses “Otafuku egg“, which are some of the few free ranged eggs in Japan. The owner says, The cost of each cage-free egg, which takes into consideration the chicken’s environment and food, is of course high, but to support young people’s town development and cage-free poultry, as long as I continue this ramen shop I would like to continue using these wonderful eggs that won an ethical award. In Japan,…

Wanohana, aiming for a recycling-based lifestyle, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Wanohana farm in Hitachi-Omiya of Ibaraki Prefecture that aims for a recycling-based lifestyle, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They sell pudding made of cage-free eggs. Wanohana’s website says, Laying hens are usually abandoned at the age of one and a half to two years. This is because the eggs laid by aged chickens are often deformed or the egg production rate decreases. (although egg quality is fine) The actual lifespan of a chicken is said to be over 5 years, and from my wife’s desire to keep…

Purinyasan Hohoemi Kitchen, a specializing in barn-raised egg puddings, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a pudding shop Purinyasan Hohoemi Kitchen in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, that specializes in pudding using barn-raised eggs, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, I know that most Japanese eggs are cage raised. I use cage-free eggs because I want the animals to be like those animals at least while they are alive. I wish cage-free eggs will become more commonly distributed. In addition, for ecological reason, you can get one stamp on the point card when you return the container and the lid to go,…

Decision 107 years after foundation: declares transition to cage-free. “No compromise in making real confectionery” – Wagashi Mizunoya

Decision of a long-established Japanese confectionery company Mizunoya, a long-established Japanese confectionery store that was founded in 1913 and operates three Japanese confectionery stores in Miyazaki Prefecture, has made a cage-free declaration. A new page of animal welfare has begun in the history of Mizunoya, which has been loved and inherited for over 100 years. Mizunoya, which runs a Japanese confectionery store in Miyazaki, where there are many poultry farms, was originally eager to choose good eggs.  By using eggs that enhance the taste of Mizunoya’s sweets without compromise, they have protected their flavors since the Taisho era.  However, Mr. Yusuke Mizuno, the 3rd president who would like to ease…

Natural Ramen Shi-Ann, caring about environmental issues, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a ramen shop, Natural Ramen Shi-Ann in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki Prefecture, that cares about environmental issues, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. Natural Ramen Shi-Ann’s soup stock is of all vegetable origin. Eggs are used for toppings, but all are cage-free. There are also vegan-friendly menu items in consideration of environmental issues, which are also introduced on the vegan ethical website Hachidory. This is a ramen shop that is kind to the Earth as well as to chicken In Japan, over 90% of the farms uses battery cage rearing,…

Free-range rearing for 32 years, Tamagoya kitchen directly managed by Nodoka Farm

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a farm restaurant Tamagoya Kitchen directly managed by Nodoka Farm in Nagawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, rearing chickens free-range for 32 years, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This farm uses a free-range rearing method, which is quite rare in Japan. The owner says, We have been practicing free-range rearing since 32 years ago when caged rearing was the norm. Free-range rearing was a result of thinking about how to create a healthy environment for chickens and how to make better eggs. A healthy environment for chickens is, of…

Miyagi Farm Co.,Ltd, selling cage-free eggs mayonnaise is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Miyagi farm Co.,Ltd, in Nanjo city, Okinawa prefecture, who sells mayonnaise made of cage-free eggs, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They want to produce eggs that are different from others, and they think that the best rearing method is one that suits the mode of life , so this poultry farm takes the form of cage-free rearing in the winter and free range rearing in the summer. Miyagi Farm’s website says, A chick that was dying from overmedication stood up. In 1980, I began poultry farming with…

Kokoron, a social welfare corporation that provides employment support for people with disabilities is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Kokoron, a social welfare corporation based in Fukushima that develops various businesses such as employment support for people with disabilities and organic agriculture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, The reason for cage-free rearing is because of animal welfare. I think that a good environment for chickens should be good for the people who work there. At Kokoron poultry Farm, it is the role of the handicapped persons to feed and collect eggs, and it can be said that this is a company that makes…

As its name suggests, Sustainable kitchen rosy that respects sustainable choices is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Sustainable Kitchen Rosy, an organic restaurant in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free, and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This restaurant uses cage-free eggs in support of farmers and in hopes that everyone who visits the shop will be healthy. Sustainable Kitchen Rosy’s website says, Grow with the future Our mission is to grow the future together. Using cage-free natural eggs and using vegetables from contract farmers who don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We don’t use plastic containers or straws that affect the environment and the ecosystems of animals. And…