Taco Bell announced on Monday that they would be making the switch to cage-free eggs by the end of 2016. The change currently applies to the fast food chain’s 6,000 United States locations.
The company’s change will bring big changes to the cage-free egg industry— Taco Bell uses almost 1.5 million eggs each year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the lives of over 500,000 hens will be changed by the switch.
The fast food chain is the latest to announce their switch to cage-free eggs, however, it will be the first to make the change in all of their restaurants if they met their deadline. In 2012, Burger King announced that their transition would take five years. Starbucks and Panera expect to phase out their current eggs by 2020.
In September, McDonalds said they would be doing the same in its 16,000 locations over the course of ten years.
Taco Bell’s move follows criticisms over not changing their methods to better the lives of animals. Animal rights have become increasingly important to people, bringing pressure to companies to use more humane practices for animals.