To the Editor:

I’d like to commend Georgetown for beginning to exclusively use cage-free eggs in its dining facilities (“University Dining Services Halts Use of Caged Eggs,” THE HOYA, Jan. 27, 2006, A5).

Choosing not to support caged eggs is the type of socially responsible decision one expects from an institution such as Georgetown. Indeed, the problems associated with caged egg production, which constitutes the majority of the U.S. egg industry, are widely criticized.

Barren, wire battery cages house nearly 300 million laying hens in conditions so cramped that the birds can’t even spread their wings. So intensively confined, the birds can never engage in many important natural behaviors, including nesting, perching and walking. Without a doubt, their lives are filled with terrible suffering.

By enacting a simple purchasing policy, Georgetown has helped improve the lives of egg-laying hens and has sent a powerful message that caged eggs have no place on the plates of anyone who cares about animal welfare. Students should be proud of their dining services for making such a socially responsible decision.

Erin Williams

Outreach Coordinator

The Humane Society of the United States

Washington, D.C.

Jan. 28, 2006

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