MCLEAN, Va.—Hilton Worldwide announced today that it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs in its global food supply chain. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal protection organization.
Initially all hotels in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, and DoubleTree by Hilton brands will be required to switch all egg usage to cage-free by Dec. 31, 2017, ensuring that chickens are not confined in cages. All pork products must be purchased from suppliers that house breeding pigs in groups rather than gestation crates by Dec. 31, 2018. These changes will initially apply in 19 countries where products are currently available and will be adopted in additional markets as supply comes online. These actions are part of the company’s global responsible sourcing strategy, which includes a focus on animal welfare. Last year, Hilton announced a global ban of the sale of shark fin in all owned and managed properties.
“Hilton Worldwide’s new animal welfare commitment will substantially improve countless animals’ lives,” said Josh Balk, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We welcome Hilton Worldwide’s leadership and look forward to helping the company progress in its work to make life better for farm animals.”
“We are committed to addressing key issues throughout our business and supply chain and responsibly serving our guests and communities in a range of areas,” added Jennifer Silberman, vice president, corporate responsibility for Hilton Worldwide. “With more than 2,000 restaurants in our global footprint, our goal is to have a considerable impact on sustainable sourcing in our industry as well as drive humane treatment of animals throughout our supply chain.”