SEATTLE—Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center and the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport announced a new initiative stating that all eggs used at each property will be cage-free. With a combined total of 1,200 guestrooms, the hotels use an estimated 4,000 eggs each day.
Cage-free eggs come from chickens raised in open spaces, while non-cage-free eggs come from chickens raised in battery cages, which are small wire containers about the size of a laptop computer. Animals raised in battery cages are unable to stretch their wings, roost or engage in other common behaviors.
“This is great news, and we applaud Hilton and Doubletree for taking this progressive step,” said Brenda Barnette, CEO of the Seattle Humane Society.
The movement to cage-free eggs is part of a nationwide trend spearheaded by Whole Foods in 2005. Since this time, large companies like Google, Burger King, Omni Hotels and Wolfgang Puck have followed suit.
“While customer satisfaction is our No. 1 priority, eco-friendly and socially responsible practices are also among our top priorities,” said Frank Welton, general manager of Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center and the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport. “By offering top quality, cage-free eggs from locally owned and operated farms, we are able to provide a superior product to our guests while still maintaining social responsibility.”