Hotel group goes cage-free

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced they will use only cage-free eggs worldwide by 2025. IHG operates seven hotels in New Zealand under the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental brands.

This latest announcement is part of a worldwide movement to free hens from cages. SAFE is in coalition with other animal groups in the Open Wing Alliance (OWA), whose members are facilitating change with egg retailers worldwide. SAFE worked with other members of the OWA to enable this positive global change.

The move to stop using cage eggs brings IHG into line with hundreds of large international food retailers doing the same thing. In New Zealand restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s have also made the commitment.

Thousands of caring Kiwis, have been asking supermarket chain Countdown to become the next retailer to go cage-free. A call that has so far fallen on deaf ears. Countdown, which sells one in five eggs sold in New Zealand, has recently announced an “Egg Producer Programme” to increase their supply of cage-free eggs but has not made a commitment to go totally cage-free, as their parent company Woolworths in Australia has already committed to doing.  

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5 December 2016