United Poultry Concerns August 13 , 2003

Urge Trader Joe’s to Refuse to Sell Eggs from Battery-Caged Hens

When the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing (COK) learned that the national grocery store chain Trader Joe’s sold battery-caged hens’ eggs labeled “Animal Care Certified,” they succeeded in persuading the company to halt its participation in the egg industry’s false advertising program. (

While this is a step in the right direction, Trader Joe’s has not yet agreed to stop selling eggs from hens in battery cages, even though the company stopped selling duck meat in response to activist pressure regarding the terrible suffering of ducks and even though its promotional material boasts that the chickens whose flesh the company sells “are . . . not enclosed in cages.”

*UPC Note: Chickens raised for meat, though not enclosed in cages, are enclosed in filthy dark sheds. Birds raised for meat are nearly all, as Trader Joe’s says about the birds it buys, “floor-raised.” In other words, there is nothing to indicate a “humane” difference in how Trader Joe’s chickens are raised and slaughtered compared to other chickens raised and slaughtered for, say, KFC. (

What Can I Do?

Respectfully urge Trader Joe’s to refuse to sell any eggs from battery-caged hens. Contact:
Dan Bane, Chairman and CEO
Trader Joe’s
800 Shamrock Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
117 Kendrick Street, Suite 700
Needham, MA 02494
Phone: 781-433-0234
Fax: 781-433-0746
(No email)

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.

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PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

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