Starbucks moves to cage-free eggs, revises policies on animal products

Starbucks, in a major revamp to its animal-welfare policy, has vowed to phase out buying eggs laid by hens tightly packed for life in crowded cages and pork products from farms that use gestation crates. The company will also push its suppliers to abandon artificial growth hormones and fast-growth practices for poultry, as well as other animal-raising techniques considered by some consumers to be inhumane, such as dehorning, tail docking and castration. Starbucks also wants to offer chicken products from birds slaughtered in humane ways. <more>

Dec. 23, 2014 The Seattle Times