Shareholders for McDonald’s have voted against a proposal to buy at least 5% of the restaurant chain’s eggs from cage-free facilities.

The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), which owns 101 shares in the company, had sponsored the resolution. HSUS argued that cages are inhumane and pointed out that McDonald’s own European operations are transitioning toward purchases of cage-free eggs.

McDonald’s board of directors recommended that shareholders vote against the proposal, saying that the science was not there to support a switch. McDonald’s is part of a coalition involved in an ongoing study of hen housing.

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