Jul 8, 2008    #074
Contact: John Austin

UMKC Dining Services gets kudos for cooking up cage-free eggs Humane Society recognizes first public university in Missouri to serve cage-free eggs

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) officials and members of its Sustainability Committee were in attendance at the University Center where UMKC Dining Services/Sodexo hosted an event to announce the transition to cage-free eggs. UMKC becomes a leader in a growing effort to improve the lives of farm animals, enacting a policy for campus dining facilities which drew applause from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Over 100 students, faculty and staff enjoyed breakfast in support of the effort.

“Using only cage-free eggs throughout Sodexo's operations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a great step forward for UMKC Dining Services. I am proud to work for a company (Sodexo) and serve a client (UMKC) that believes the humane treatment of animals is an important business practice,” said Jesse Pisors, general manager of UMKC Dining Services.

According to the HSUS, factory farms in the U.S. confine approximately 280 million hens in barren battery cages too small to allow them to spread their wings. Each bird has a space smaller than a sheet of paper in which to live for more than a year before being slaughtered. According to The HSUS, cage-free eggs aren't cruelty-free, but they're a step in the right direction."

"UMKC is right to join the growing number of colleges moving away from using eggs of caged hens," said Paul Shapiro, senior director of the HSUS factory farming campaign (FFC). Karla Koebernick, Corporate Marketing Manager for the FFC, represented the HSUS.

Encouraging other schools to make the same decision by maintaining a commitment of sustainability and benefiting the lives of farm animals is a policy UMKC expects to uphold.

“We’re extremely proud to have “cage-free” eggs as part of our dining program. This is an exciting step in bringing about sustainable options and continuous enhancements to UMKC’s dining experience”, said Paris Saunders, UMKC Assistant Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Services.

UMKC’s transition to support a campus-wide dining experience will provide students the opportunity to purchase egg products that come from a humane environment. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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