Au Bon Pain Cruelty

Au Bon Pain may mean “from good bread” - but what is good about supporting animal abuse?

In 2013, Au Bon Pain promised its guests that it would put an end to the needless animal cruelty in its supply chain by releasing a US cage-free egg policy. Au Bon Pain failed to publicly honor this promise. It then committed to go 100% cage-free globally in 2021. Yet once again, Au Bon Pain/Au Bon Pain Thailand are refusing to tell its guests what progress—if any—it’s made globally on this commitment in all regions.

Hens trapped in cages have no space to move or engage in any natural behaviors. They are forced to live, breathe, and lay eggs for human consumption amongst feces and rotting bodies. For hens in cages, it’s unbearable. Customers have been misled and have a right to know what their hard-earned money is paying for.

Au Bon Pain Bakery needs to end the fakery, and start proving its eggs are actually good by publishing progress and 100% cage-free plans for all its regions now!

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Why Cage-Free?


Egg-laying hens are forcefully shoved inside wire cages, and on average, each hen is only afforded as little as 67 square inches of cage space — less than a single sheet of letter-sized paper on which to live her entire life. This intense confinement is the main source for frustration, injuries, and in many cases death.


Foot and claw damage are more frequent in cages than in other systems, with lesions, fissures, and twisted or broken claws resulting from stepping on sharp wiring every day. Often, other body parts are caught in the caging, which results in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and further feather wear.

Mental Anguish

Like any animal, chickens are highly motivated to perform natural behaviors. These behaviors include nesting, perching, scratching, foraging, and exploring. Caged chickens are denied all of these natural behaviors, causing them severe distress and frustration.