Taco Bell announces cage-free commitment

September 09 2015

We applaud Taco Bell for its extraordinary commitment to fully transition to cage-free eggs by the end of 2016

Taco Bell has announced that it is switching 100% of its eggs to cage-free by the end of 2016. With this move, the fast-food chain joins the ranks of other popular companies like McDonald's, Panera Bread and General Mills who have recently announced commitments to source cage-free eggs. 

Taco Bell boasts the most aggressive timeline for transitioning its egg supply.

A testament to the power of consumer voices in the marketplace, more and more companies are demonstrating willingness to change how they source food and the industry is undergoing major transformation.

“We welcome today’s cage-free commitment from Taco Bell, which reflects the tremendous positive impact that consumer demand is having for hens,"  says Priscilla Ma, our US Executive Director. "By setting an aggressive timeline for going 100% cage-free, Taco Bell is also demonstrating the importance of transparency and accountability in cage-free commitments from food businesses." 

“We urge all food companies that have not yet committed to go cage-free to do so now. It’s the right thing for hens and the right thing for customers," Ma continues. "This is a milestone moment for better hen welfare and demonstrates that through their buying power corporates can transform how animals are treated in farm production.”

With over 6,000 locations serving more than 40 million people each week, Taco Bell's change will positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of hens. Currently, over 300 million hens in North America are confined in small battery cages, typically shared between 5-7 birds.  Learn more about present conditions and our work in the cage-free movement.