You may not have thought it was possible, but Tim Hortons just got a little more awesome.
The parent company of the cafe chain and Burger King have pledged to convert to “100 per cent cage-free eggs globally”, in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by 2025. It’s a difference most customers won’t notice the next time they line up for a double-double, but it’s huge for animal activists and the hens themselves.
If you’re not already aware, PETA reports that caged egg farms aren’t usually the most pleasant places. While we can’t speak for the specific businesses Tim Hortons works with, the animal rights group found that some portions of the egg-farming industry use cages that measure only “18 by 20 inches and hold up to 10 hens, each of whom has a wingspan of 32 inches.”
By contrast, cage-free operations allow hens to walk and roam around freely. They might not be frolicking in open fields, but it’s definitely a good start. Although the company hasn’t specified when the changes will be rolled out to the rest of the world.
“While we are not directly involved in the raising, handling, transportation or processing of animals, we consider animal welfare to apply to all aspects of farm animal care within our supply chain,” Restaurant Brands International wrote in a release. “RBI continues to develop our sustainability framework and broader animal welfare strategy for release later in 2016.”
While other major chains like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Subway have made similar commitments, Tim Hortons is the most significant chain in Canada to make the announcement. And with so many giant corporations making the switch, we imagine it’s only a matter of time before cage farms start to become a thing of the past.
And we can certainly sip our coffees to that!