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A New Report Has Ranked Companies in Africa Based on Animal Welfare

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A new report by the Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of 100+ animal protection organizations from 67 countries, offers a comprehensive look at the state of cage-free commitments across the continent. As advocates worldwide push for improved conditions for egg-laying hens, the movement to eliminate cages is quickly gaining ground throughout Africa. However, it’s important to identify the companies that are at the forefront of this change and those that are falling behind in terms of animal welfare standards. 

The global movement advocating for cage-free egg production has witnessed the commitment of numerous companies worldwide to abandon the inhumane practice of sourcing eggs from caged hens. In Africa, this movement is rapidly gaining traction. An increasing number of African animal welfare organizations, all part of the Open Wing Alliance coalition, are highlighting the harsh welfare implications and associated health risks linked to cage farming. These organizations are urging companies to align with the preferences of the majority of consumers, who, as demonstrated by surveys conducted across various continents and countries, including Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana prefer eggs that do not involve animal suffering. In Africa, more than 80 companies, including major players like Famous Brands, Kelloggs, Kempinski Hotels and Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive franchisee of retail giant Carrefour in Egypt, Cameroon, Kenya, and Uganda, have already committed to implementing cage-free practices in their supply chains, thereby sparing millions of hens from cruelty. However, some companies, such as Pick n Pay and Shoprite have yet to make such commitments.

Several other companies such as Nestlé, Best Western and Yum! Brands (which operate KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) have been cited in the report as not performing very well and need to improve by communicating the progress of their global commitment to remove eggs from cage farming in their supply chain. 

Speaking on the report, Dr Daniel Abiliba, Director of Animal Welfare League which is based in Ghana “urged international companies to hold similar standards in Africa as they do for their operations in Western countries. Local companies should also implement good animal welfare policies as there is growing evidence that more Ghanaians and Africans are rejecting cramped cages for the hens that produce their eggs”. 

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Read the full report here for details.

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