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I do not like caged eggs and ham

By Barcham - 19 September 2013 48

Caged hens

Pigs and hens rejoice, more appropriate accommodation all around!

Today Shane Rattenbury presented a bill to prohibit the use of battery cages and sow stalls in the ACT.

In the future we will be able to enjoy our ACT made breakfasts completely guilt free, assuming the only thing you felt guilty about what the inability of the pigs and hens to turn around 360 degrees.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today presented a bill to prohibit the use of battery cages for commercial egg production and the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates to keep pigs in the ACT.

“The ACT will be the first jurisdiction in Australia to legislate against factory farming, in a move that has been championed by the ACT Greens since 1997,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“This Parliamentary Agreement item will be the fifth bill by the ACT Greens in relation to factory farming and I am proud that this has come to fruition at long last.

“With the passage of the Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Amendment Bill, hens can no longer be kept in inhumane battery cages which prevent them from stretching, perching, laying eggs in a nest and exhibiting other natural behaviour,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Bill will also prohibit the debeaking of hens, a common practice in the factory farming industry where the hen’s beak is removed with a hot blade or laser. Not only is this process painful and inhumane, but it can also lead to other health complications which make it painful for the bird to eat.

“The Bill also prevents sows from being kept in stalls or farrowing crates where they cannot stand up, turn around and simply do not have the space they need to engage in natural pig behaviour. While we do not currently have any sow stalls in the ACT, this legislation will not only prevent their introduction but set a precedent for other states to introduce similar legislation.

“Not only is factory farming cruel, but intensive confinement of animals also fails to meet the public’s expectations for humanely-produced egg and pork products.

“This bill introduces a maximum penalty for a prosecution for battery cage farming and keeping a pig in less than appropriate accommodation is 50 penalty units (currently $7,000 for an individual or $35,000 for a corporation).”

[Image courtesy of Mercy For Animals (CC BY 2.0)]

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48 Responses to
I do not like caged eggs and ham
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neanderthalsis 1:59 pm
19 Sep 13
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Considering that the ACT has neither battery farms for chickens or any pig farms, this legislation seems rather superfluous.

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Canberroid 2:20 pm
19 Sep 13
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neanderthalsis said :

Considering that the ACT has neither battery farms for chickens or any pig farms, this legislation seems rather superfluous.

Not if it sets a precedent, raises the profile of the topic, and prevents the opening of new factory farms.

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breda 2:43 pm
19 Sep 13
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Gesture politics. Same sex marriage as a top priority is in the same category.

The ACT government is living in a cloudland of symbolic gestures – it’s so much easier than dealing with those messy, real problems on the ground.

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mossrocket 2:50 pm
19 Sep 13
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I hate chickens – evil little bastards.
I buy cage eggs on purpose so at least I know that 12 have suffered to give me my googly eggs.
I saw chickens attack a poor galah that landed in their enclosure, and one ate a live mouse in one gulp – V style…

f*ck chickens.

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Postalgeek 2:57 pm
19 Sep 13
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I like the Dr Seuss-inspired headline. Nice one.

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Watson 2:58 pm
19 Sep 13
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I do not like them, Sime I Am.

Well, if we have neither of those now, that bill will hopefully pass without any opposition and everyone will be happy and there will be unicorns and rainbows and happy people eating copious amounts of bacon and eggs everywhere.

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poetix 3:05 pm
19 Sep 13
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‘Mean eggs and ham’ might have been better.

Everyone’s a critic.

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switch 3:05 pm
19 Sep 13
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Watson said :

I do not like them, Sime I Am.

Well, if we have neither of those now, that bill will hopefully pass without any opposition and everyone will be happy and there will be unicorns and rainbows and happy people eating copious amounts of bacon and eggs everywhere.

Provided they are all sourced from free-range unicorn farms.

Another solution in search of a problem, brought to you by the local council.

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Darkfalz 4:20 pm
19 Sep 13
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Unless your a vegetarian I find some of this stuff a bit token. Mass animal farming is always cruel. But there are ways for it to be less cruel. I can afford to pay a bit extra for my eggs and bacon, but sadly, a lot of people just grab what’s cheapest and don’t think about the cost to the animal (an additional irony is that animal only exists because it’s been farmed for food). Even more shocking is the trend towards Halal slaughter for mainstream supermarkets, as this is amongst the most cruel methods of slaughter. I’d be interested to know if cage farming was outlawed, would the price of barn and free range eggs drop at all?

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Masquara 9:38 pm
19 Sep 13
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Useless and cynical and well Shane Rattenbury knows it. If they were serious, they would ban the SALE of cage eggs.

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BimboGeek 7:03 am
20 Sep 13
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Darkfalz said :

Even more shocking is the trend towards Halal slaughter for mainstream supermarkets, as this is amongst the most cruel methods of slaughter.

In this case the weirdo is correct. Halal is so cruel that it’s generally forbidden for many Hindus and specifically forbidden for Sikhs, should they choose to eat animals.

I’d love to see the “explanation” signs like they have over the eggs at coles:

“This meat is HALAL meat. The animal faced Mecca and a Muslim said ‘bismillah’ and ‘allahu akhbar’ before cutting the animal’s throat, causing it to die slowly while the blood drained.”

“This meat is JHATKA meat. The animal was killed with a single blow and no prayers were said.”

“This meat is BOLT STUNNED meat. The animal was hung up, bashed in the head and then had its throat cut. This is considered the least cruel method of slaughter.”

Anyway hurray for whatever kindness we can all agree on. They can’t ban the sale of battery eggs in ACT because of a Cth law forbidding restriction of trade between states but we can agree not to start doing it here too.

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Pitchka 8:06 am
20 Sep 13
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Just wondering how the chicken in the photo that seems to have made a getaway, manages to sleep with all that noise..

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Chop71 9:05 am
20 Sep 13
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Pitchka said :

Just wondering how the chicken in the photo that seems to have made a getaway, manages to sleep with all that noise..

It’s ‘dead’ easy

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Pitchka 9:27 am
20 Sep 13
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Chop71 said :

Pitchka said :

Just wondering how the chicken in the photo that seems to have made a getaway, manages to sleep with all that noise..

It’s ‘dead’ easy

Ear muffs?

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EvanJames 10:01 am
20 Sep 13
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Darkfalz said :

Unless your a vegetarian I find some of this stuff a bit token. Mass animal farming is always cruel. But there are ways for it to be less cruel. I can afford to pay a bit extra for my eggs and bacon, but sadly, a lot of people just grab what’s cheapest and don’t think about the cost to the animal (an additional irony is that animal only exists because it’s been farmed for food). Even more shocking is the trend towards Halal slaughter for mainstream supermarkets, as this is amongst the most cruel methods of slaughter. I’d be interested to know if cage farming was outlawed, would the price of barn and free range eggs drop at all?

I think as non-cage eggs become more popular, economies of scale see the price reduce, it’s already happening. Coles own brand now is no cage eggs, and their own brand pig products are sow-stall free. I too would like to see them ban cage eggs totally, ditto sow-stall-raised pork. But each step takes us closer. This is why I buy these things from Coles, rather than Costco.

Halal is an abomination and the exceptions to laws that allow it to happen are gob-smacking. Why aren’t africans allowed to circumsize their female children in the name of religion, if we allow Muslims to commit cruelty in animal slaughter in the name of religion?

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