Animal welfare charity, Compassion in World Farming, explains how McDonald's switch to free-range eggs over 15 years ago is good for hens and good for British farmers.
Good eggs all round
We are passionate about animal welfare. That’s why we only use free-range eggs across our whole menu – even in our sauces and the coating on our Chicken McNuggets.
We were honoured when Compassion in World Farming gave us a Good Egg Award in 2007 for our commitment to source only cage-free eggs in our restaurants in the UK and across Europe.
Here Steve McIvor, Director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, explains why McDonald's move was so important.
Among the first to switch to free-range eggs
“Compassion has long campaigned for an end to the use of battery-farmed eggs and McDonald’s was one of the first companies to make the switch to using only free-range eggs over 15 years ago."
"Like us, McDonald’s and its producers recognise the importance of sourcing eggs from free-range systems where hens are able to exhibit their natural behaviours. Procuring at this scale has really developed the EU free-range egg market.”
Steve McIvor, Director of Food Business, Compassion in World Farming
We’ve also won three RSPCA Good Business Awards in recognition of our continued commitment to improving the environment for the hens that lay our eggs.
When you consider that we cracked over 119 million eggs in 2013 for our breakfast menu alone – that’s a lot of healthy hens.