ALDI may champion animal welfare in Germany where the company was founded, but their US operations fall far behind, permitting cruel factory farming practices that are banned in numerous states. It’s time for ALDI to enact the same standards for pigs and hens in the US as they do in Germany. Join us in urging ALDI to catch up with its US competitors and finally ban the use of cruel cages for animals.

Tell Aldi what you think of their support for cruel cages!


Of all the terrible ways used to lock up farmed animals, cages are at the top of the list. This is an outdated practice, and it’s being eliminated by forward-thinking, modern companies, US states, and countries. Yet, ALDI continues to allow this extreme abuse.

ALDI says it is “committed to the well-being of animals in [its] supply chain.” Yet, the German-based international grocery chain allows the cruelest factory farming practices imaginable in their US operations.

ALDI’s professed commitment to animal welfare is not just unconvincing but hypocritical, as they continue to condone the cruelest factory farming practices in their US operations. Caging hens and pregnant pigs is an outdated and inhumane practice, at odds with the progressive steps taken by many of their competitors, and it contradicts ALDI’s own animal welfare principles.

Dane Charbeneau
Campaigns Manager, Animal Equality

ALDI’s double standard causes extreme animal suffering

In ALDI’s US operations, hens used for eggs are crammed into cages with 5-10 other birds, leaving each hen with less space than a sheet of printer paper. The hens are restricted from engaging in natural behaviors, including perching, roosting, nesting, dust-bathing, foraging, and exploring. Because of the poor conditions, some hens die and rot in the cage alongside their still-living companions.

Pregnant mother pigs in ALDI’s US supply chain are confined to gestation crates–2-foot-by-7-foot metal cages that don’t let the animals turn around and force them to excrete where they stand. Research shows that gestation crates cause physical and psychological suffering. Professor Ian Duncan, a scholar of animal welfare at the University of Guelph, has described it as “one of the cruelest forms of confinement devised by humankind.”

ALDI falls behind competitors and ethical commitments

In the US, ten states have restricted cages for hens and eleven states have banned gestation crates, and thousands of companies around the world have already pledged to eliminate cages from their supply chains. This includes ALDI’s close competitors like Kroger, Costco, and Target–companies that show a real commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

By using cages in its US operations, ALDI not only lags behind many of its US competitors, but it also contradicts its own brand standards and animal welfare principles. ALDI has claimed that animals in its supply chains must be “healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour, and [who are] not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress.” But hens and mother pigs in cages cannot express their innate behaviors and continue to suffer throughout their lives.

Gestation crates for pigs are a real problem….Basically, you’re asking a sow to live in an airline seat…I think it’s something that needs to be phased out.

Temple Grandin
Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University

…the close confinement of sows in stalls or tethers is one of the most extreme examples of cruelty to an animal. It continues throughout much of life and is much worse than severely beating an animal or most laboratory experiments.

Donald M. Broom
Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Cambridge

Confinement of sows during pregnancy, especially in individual stalls or on tethers, can be cold, uncomfortable and injurious, and imposes severe restrictions on natural behaviour.

John Webster
Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry, University of Bristol, Creator of The Five Freedoms

Continue speaking up for animals trapped in cages!

Stand with us in calling out ALDI’s needless contribution to this cycle of animal abuse. Download this PDF for an easy guide to taking action! Or, click the links below.

Click the link below to contact ALDI leadership. Ask them for a 100% ban on cages for animals!

Contact ALDI

Click the link below to find links to ALDI’s social platforms.

Comment on ALDI’s social media pages

Interested in hosting an impactful ALDI protest in your city? Contact our US Campaigns Manager, Dane Charbeneau!

Email Dane for more information


Animal suffering knows no national borders

For animals, it makes no difference whether they suffer in Germany, the United States, or another country. That’s why we think globally. Animal Equality is an international organization that works with society, government, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals.

Rescued hen held by Animal Equality volunteer


With rich emotional lives and unbreakable family bonds, farmed animals deserve to be protected.

You can build a kinder world by replacing animal food products with plant‑based ones.

*Any images on this website are a representation of farms that use cages for animals and do not necessarily come from farms that supply to ALDI.