So, the states and territories are going to get together and agree on a national standard for the definition of “free range eggs”. Currently the animal welfare advocates nominate 1500 birds a hectare, while the industry would like 20,000 birds a hectare labelled free range.
These days Shane Rattenbury doesn’t have a lot to say on Green business – but let’s see whether he will allow the Labor minority government to roll the Greens’ ethical line on this issue, which no-one could argue isn’t a core Green policy matter. The RSPCA completely squibs on the issue, referring on the EEU standard of maximum 2500 eggs per hectare, without overtly supporting it.
ABC Breakfast on RN covered it yesterday morning (16 June).
So. Shane, given that you have the opportunity to strongly influence the outcome, are you going to ensure that Australia-wide, the definition of free-range eggs is eggs from “chickens stocked up to 2,500 a hectare”?