After mounting public pressure, McDonald’s Australia announced this week that it will phase out eggs from chickens that were raised in battery cages by the end of 2017. With 900 locations across the continent, McDonald’s uses more eggs than any other fast-food restaurant—a staggering 91 million every year. Following months of campaigning by animal-rights groups, McDonald’s Australia joins McDonald’s UK and Europe in the decision to only source cage-free eggs. According to spokeswoman Laura Keith, “We will share more details on our plans to move to cage-free eggs by the end of 2017 as part of our broader animal welfare initiative to be announced in the coming weeks.”
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