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Subway Is the Latest Major Chain To Go Cage-Free

The transition should be complete in a decade.

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Following in the footsteps of a few other American fast food companies, Subway has announced a plan to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Subway says the transition has already begun, and each of its 30,000 locations will go cage-free in the next 10 years.

"Serving food that reflects our commitment to the humane treatment of animals has long been a priority to our brand," Subway director of corporate social responsibility Elizabeth Stewart said in a prepared statement. "We know how important it is for consumers to feel confident that the food they eat is ethically sourced, and our customers care deeply about animal welfare. As a result of this commitment, not only can you come to our restaurants for a great-tasting, quality, affordable meal, but our customers will be able to enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches made with cage-free eggs."

Making the move to cage-free eggs is in vogue for mass-market food corporations. Subway's announcement comes after similar declarations from McDonald'sStarbucksTaco BellJack in the Box, and Shake Shack. McDonald's, Starbucks, and Jack in the Box are operating on a timeline closer to Subway's, while Taco Bell and Shake Shack plan to complete the switch in the next couple of years.

The sandwich giant's cage-free pledge comes a little more than two months after it revealed plans to cut antibiotics from its meat supply. That decision was a result of increasing pressure from multiple environmental groups. Subway's transition away from antibiotics begins next year, and the company wants it completed by 2025.