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Baillie Gifford is funding animal cruelty by investing in Delivery Hero

Baillie Gifford is one of the major investors in Delivery Hero, known for its brands such as Foodpanda, Pandamart, Hungerstation, Glovo, DMart, Talabat, and many others. But Baillie Gifford and Delivery Hero have a dirty secret that they want to keep hidden: Delivery Hero’s subsidiary – Foodpanda, sells eggs from filthy, cruel battery cage egg farms via its Pandamart stores.

Caged egg suppliers house their hens in cages in which feces and dirt pile up and get caked on the bars just inches away from where eggs are laid as well as the birds themselves. Mother hens are crammed for nearly their entire lives in battery cages so small and cruel they are illegal in dozens of other countries around the world. Wild birds flew in and out of some farms, creating a serious risk of spreading avian flu.

Over 100 leading supermarkets including Aeon, Tesco, City Super, METRO, and Aldi have made commitments to sell only cage-free eggs across all their locations globally. Even Foodpanda’s Asian competitors such are Ahold Delhaize, Mydin Hypermarket, Jaya Grocer, SOGO Freshmart, and the e-commerce platform Benlai! But Delivery Hero seems to think their customers don’t deserve the same treatment. They continue to sell eggs from filthy and cruel caged-egg farms with no commitment to change.

It’s time for Baillie Gifford to stop funding animal cruelty! It’s time for Delivery Hero to stop putting customers’ safety at risk. Delivery Hero must catch up with its peers and commit to transitioning to using only cage-free eggs in all its global stores. Delivery Hero must go cage-free, globally!

Please sign the petition!

Delivery Hero: I won’t shop at your Pandamart stores until you catch up with other leading food companies and commit to stop selling eggs from filthy, cruel battery cages. It’s time for Delivery Hero to go 100% cage-free!

    Egg safety - Food safety risks

    Food Safety Risks Of Caged Eggs

    Over a dozen scientific studies have found that caged egg farms have dramatically higher rates of salmonella contamination. The European Food Safety Authority conducted the largest study ever on the issue, analyzing data from five thousand farms. It found that caged egg farms are 25 times more likely to be contaminated with key salmonella strains. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

    There are numerous reasons why packing hens in cages causes food safety risks. Research by the United States Department of Agriculture shows the stress of cage confinement makes hens more vulnerable to disease. Cages are also hard to clean and disinfect, leading to “a larger volume of contaminated fecal material and dust.” (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)

    Caged Eggs Are Cruel

    Just like dogs and cats, chickens are smart, intelligent individuals that feel pleasure and pain. Packing an animal for nearly her entire life in a cage so small she can barely turn around is simply wrong. (24)

    Battery cages are so cruel they have been banned in dozens of countries around the world. Every mainstream animal protection organization around the world condemns battery cages as cruel and inhumane. (25, 26, 27)

    Here is what just a few such organizations have said:

    WAP

    “The RSPCA is calling for all cage systems to be banned…and for laying hens to be kept in well-managed alternative systems.”

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

     

    WAP

    “Intensive farm animal confinement is barbaric and out of line with contemporary values.”

    American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

     

    World Animal Protection

    “Hens in cages are more prone to stress and injury, and an increased risk of salmonella.”

    World Animal Protection

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    Battery Cage Photo 1 - Battery Cages

    Battery Cages

    Delivery Hero continues to sell customers eggs from suppliers who confine hens in cruel and filthy battery cages.

    Battery Cage Photo 2 - Dirty

    Dirty

    At these egg suppliers to Pandamart stores owned by Delivery Hero, hens defecate in the same barren cages they lay eggs in.

    Battery Cage Photo 3 - Animal Cruelty

    Cruel

    Each mother hen spends nearly her entire life packed in a cage so small she can barely turn around.

    Downloads and Documentation

    Equitas is a global non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that works for consumer protection and animal welfare in food supply chains worldwide.

    Citations on the food safety risks and animal cruelty of battery cages

    1: Van Hoorebeke S, Van Immerseel F, Schulz J, et al. 2010. Determination of the within and between flock prevalence and identification of risk factors for Salmonella infections in laying hen flocks housed in conventional and alternative systems. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 94(1-2):94-100.

    2: Snow LC, Davies RH, Christiansen KH, et al. 2010. Investigation of risk factors for Salmonella on commercial egg-laying farms in Great Britain, 2004-2005. Veterinary Record 166(19):579-86.

    3: 2010. Annual Report on Zoonoses in Denmark 2009. National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

    4: Van Hoorebeke S, Van Immerseel F, De Vylder J et al. 2010. The age of production system and previous Salmonella infections on farm are risk factors for low-level Salmonella infections in laying hen flocks. Poultry Science 89:1315-1319.

    5: Huneau-Salaün A, Chemaly M, Le Bouquin S, et al. 2009. Risk factors for Salmonella enterica subsp. Enteric contamination in 5 French laying hen flocks at the end of the laying period. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 89:51-8.

    6: Green AR, Wesley I, Trampel DW, et al. 2009 Air quality and bird health status in three types of commercial egg layer houses. Journal of Applied Poultry Research 18:605-621.

    7: Schulz J, Luecking G, Dewulf J, Hartung J. 2009. Prevalence of Salmonella in German battery cages and alternative housing systems. 14th International congress of the International Society for Animal Hygiene: Sustainable animal husbandry : prevention is better than cure. pp. 699-702. https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/822588.

    8: Namata H, Méroc E, Aerts M, et al. 2008. Salmonella in Belgian laying hens: an identification of risk factors. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 83(3-4):323-36.

    9: Mahé A, Bougeard S, Huneau-Salaün A, et al. 2008. Bayesian estimation of flock-level sensitivity of detection of Salmonella spp. Enteritidis and Typhimurium according to the sampling procedure in French laying-hen houses. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 84(1-2):11-26.

    10: Pieskus J, et al. 2008. Salmonella incidence in broiler and laying hens with the different housing systems. Journal of Poultry Science 45:227-231.

    11: European Food Safety Authority. 2007. Report of the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on the Analysis of the baseline study on the prevalence of Salmonella in holdings of laying hen flocks of Gallus gallus. The EFSA Journal 97. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/rn-97.

    12: Snow LC, Davies RH, Christiansen KH, et al. 2007. Survey of the prevalence of Salmonella species on commercial laying farms in the United Kingdom. The Veterinary Record 161(14):471-6.

    13: Methner U, Diller R, Reiche R, and Böhland K. 2006. [Occurence of salmonellae in laying hens in different housing systems and inferences for control]. Berliner und Münchener tierärztliche Wochenschrift 119(11-12):467-73.

    14: Much P, Österreicher E, Lassnig. H. 2007. Results of the EU-wide Baseline Study on the Prevalence of Salmonella spp. in Holdings of Laying Hens in Austria. Archiv für Lebensmittelhygiene 58:225-229.

    15: Stepien-Pysniak D. 2010. Occurrence of Gram-negative bacteria in hens’ eggs depending on their source and storage conditions. Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences 13(3):507-13.

    16: Humane Society International, “An HSI Report: Food Safety and Cage Egg Production” (2010). HSI Reports: Farm Animal Protection. 3. http://animalstudiesrepository.org/hsi_reps_fap/3

    17: European Food Safety Authority. 2007. Report of the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on the Analysis of the baseline study on the prevalence of Salmonella in holdings of laying hen flocks of Gallus gallus. The EFSA Journal 97. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/rn-97.

    18: The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. 2004. The national Salmonella control programme for the production of table eggs and broilers 1996-2002. Fødevare Rapport 6, March.

    19: Davies R and Breslin M. 2003. Observations on Salmonella contamination of commercial laying farms before and after cleaning and disinfection. The Veterinary Record 152(10):283-7.

    20: Methner U, Rabsch W, Reissbrodt R, and Williams PH. 2008. Effect of norepinephrine on colonisation and systemic spread of Salmonella enterica in infected animals: Role of catecholate siderophore precursors and degradation products. International Journal of Medical Microbiology 298(5-6):429-39.

    21: Bailey MT, Karaszewski JW, Lubach GR, Coe CL, and Lyte M. 1999. In vivo adaptation of attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium results in increased growth upon exposure to norepinephrine. Physiology and Behavior 67(3):359-64.

    22: Shini S, Kaiser P, Shini A, and Bryden WL. 2008. Biological response of chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) induced by corticosterone and a bacterial endotoxin. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B. 149(2):324-33.

    23: Rostagno MH. 2009. Can stress in farm animals increase food safety risk? Foodborne Pathogens and Disease 6(7):767-76.

    24: Marino, L. 2017. Thinking chickens: a review of cognition, emotion, and behavior in the domestic chicken. Animal Cognition 20(2): 127–147.

    25: “European_Union_Council_Directive_1999/74/EC.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web 03 August 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Council_Directive_1999/74/EC

    26: “Farm Animal Confinement Bans.” American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Web. 03 August 2018, www.aspca.org/animal-protection/public-policy/farm-animal-confinement-bans

    27: World Organization for Animal Health, “Terrestrial Animal Health Code” (2017). www.rr-africa.oie.int/docspdf/en/Codes/en_csat-vol1.pdf