Dunkin' Donuts has announced that it will begin switching to cage-free eggs in its breakfast sandwiches nationwide. As a first step, the company will transition five percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of 2013.

“Dunkin' Donuts is committed to environmental and social responsibility, and we’re pleased to announce this commitment to continuously raise the bar for the treatment of animals within our supply chain,” said Scott Murphy, vice president of Dunkin’ Donuts' global supply chain. “We’re working with our partners at The Humane Society of the United States and our franchisee-owned distribution and purchasing cooperative to source ingredients that meet high animal welfare standards.”

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The company also plans to eliminate gestation crates for breeding pigs from its pork supply chain.