Walgreens shortens timeline to convert to cage-free eggs


By Joel Crews, Meat+Poultry



NEW YORK – Walgreens officials announced the pharmacy and healthcare chain will transition to using only cage-free eggs at all of its 9,102 locations in the United States by the end of the year. The company’s previous commitment to require suppliers of its shell eggs and liquid eggs targeted a compliance date of 2025.


Vicky Bond, president of The Humane League, an animal rights group largely responsible for pressuring Walgreen in previous months to step up its animal welfare policies, urged other retailers in the retail pharmacy space to follow Walgreens’ lead.


“We applaud Walgreens for its decision to switch to cage-free eggs much sooner than initially planned. This step will reduce the suffering of countless egg-laying hens,” Bond said...