I'm David Coman-Hidy, Executive Director of The Humane League. We've worked to get more than 100 major food companies to switch to using cage-free eggs. We just launched our campaign to reform the poultry industry. AMA!
Hello Reddit! My name is David Coman-Hidy, and I'm the Executive Director of The Humane League. We're an animal protection nonprofit that organizes people around the world. THL has been named a 'top charity' by Animal Charity Evaluators for the last four rating periods.
We've had a lot of success fighting to end battery cages (cruel confinement for egg laying hens) and we've just launched our first campaign to reform the poultry industry: http://www.agonyataramark.com/
We would like to see Aramark publicly announce a broiler chicken welfare policy which includes, at a minimum, the following four basic welfare points:
Commit to exclusively purchasing specific breeds - the breeds of which Aramark would state publicly - that addresses the concerns related to fast growth, with a phase-in over the next four years.
Commit to giving chickens more room by reducing maximum stocking density to 6lbs per square foot, with a phase-in over the next two years.
Commit to installing environmental enrichments in line with Global Animal Partnership's enrichment standards throughout 100% of chicken housing, with a phase-in over the next two years.
Move away from fully conscious live shackling and switch to some form of controlled atmosphere killing, with a phase-in of eight years.
Hey Reddit! Thanks so much for the interest -- I was completely overwhelmed and happy to see so much engagement! I'm sorry that I don't have more time to answer everybody's questions :) If you're interested in getting involved with our work, please sign up for the Fast Action Network: http://thehumaneleague.com/fast-action-network/