RSPCA Australia hopes Subway’s decision will prompt other Australian businesses and companies to follow its lead and commit to using cage free eggs.
Subway’s decision means the 5.5 million eggs sold each year at its stores will be cage free, letting hens live and behave naturally within their environment, RSPCA said on Wednesday.
Up to 11 million hens are confined to cages for the purpose of egg production across Australia, according to RSPCA.
Last month, the RSPCA took aim at discount supermarket, Aldi, for continuing to sell cage eggs in its supermarkets.
The animal welfare agency has started an online petition, asking people to write to the supermarket and voice concern over the company’s lack of commitment to phase out cage eggs.
Coles has stopped selling cage eggs under its own branded lines, and Woolworths will phase out all cage eggs by 2018.