Greens move on battery hens in Canberra

johnboy 24 April 2009 82

Mark today down as a red letter day, the Greens have put out a media release!

And it’s a good one too. Caroline Le Couteur has announced that if they get their way the battery farming of chickens in the ACT will come to an end, amongst other things.

    Canberra’s single cage egg farm is Parkwood, which is owned by Australia’s biggest egg producer, Pace Farms. Parkwood is over 25 years old, with fully depreciated infrastructure, and employs fourteen people. It ships its eggs to NSW for packaging and distribution. However, Pace Farms also produces free range and barn laid eggs in other parts of the country.

    Ms Le Couteur’s draft legislation would also require retailers to display cage eggs separately from other eggs, along with signs that describe the egg production method.

    “Providing this information at the point of sale is an important additional step, especially since the ACT can’t ban imported cage eggs, and because egg carton labels are often confusing or misleading”, Ms Le Couteur said. “In a recent survey, 85% of ACT residents said they thought battery cage systems were cruel.”

You can find the proposed legislation online.


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motleychick motleychick 2:45 pm 24 Apr 09

The ones I usually go for are the RSPCA ones. I’ve heard rumours that they aren’t really free range but I don’t really see how the RSPCA would lie about something like that, especially considering what they stand for.

ant ant 2:42 pm 24 Apr 09

I think that idea of putting up signs with pictures is a great idea. It really cuts right to the crux of the matter, and people will have to make a real choice, with their eyes open, when they reach for that cheaper box of eggs produced by miserable, tortured chooks.

The price of free range and barn eggs has been coming down recently… I cannot bring myself to buy the Pace non-cage eggs though. Luckily there’s usually lots of other options. I won’t buy Pace eggs.

threepaws threepaws 2:28 pm 24 Apr 09

Choice magazine have an article online http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=106393&catId=100286&tid=100008&p=1&title=Free+range+eggs
They list the logos you can trust (page 3 of the article) in regards to free range eggs

motleychick motleychick 2:18 pm 24 Apr 09

The fact that most people still buy caged eggs reveals their true preference.

It has nothing to do with preferance for people, it’s the fact they are cheaper, and when times are tough sometimes people lose their morals in order to survive. The fact that 85% of people think that cage eggs are cruel should be reason enough for them to attempt to drop the price of free range eggs so more people will be willing (and able) to buy them, therefore dropping sales in cage eggs and hopefully eventually fazing them out…

Jivrashia Jivrashia 2:13 pm 24 Apr 09

Crummy Custard wrote

Pommy bastard said :

No thanks, I get enough fairy stories when I read to my children

Sheesh, you’re a stiff skeptic…
Link: RSPCA welfare standards – layer hens

FC wrote:

FC said :

That comment was meant in a broader sense and not just to do with eggs.

Yep, gotcha. But I have my doubts about the effect of organic cigarettes…

FC FC 1:50 pm 24 Apr 09

Ralph said :

Another moonbat proposal.

People are already able to choose between caged eggs and barn/whatever eggs. The fact that most people still buy caged eggs reveals their true preference.

This proposal is just another attempt at restraining free enterprise.

Its not just another attempt at restraining free enterprise. There should be laws in place to stop enterprise that has practices that are cruel to animals anyways.

the fact that people still buy caged eggs may reveal theire true preference, but what this proposal may do, is make that preference a truely imformed one.

johnboy johnboy 1:49 pm 24 Apr 09

I dunno Ralph, the freedom to torture living things for profit seems like a small thing to surrender in any society.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:49 pm 24 Apr 09

Ralph said :

People are already able to choose between caged eggs and barn/whatever eggs. The fact that most people still buy caged eggs reveals their true preference.

No, their choice reveals their preference for a cheaper product, either out of necessity or ignorance. If the former then the product does not reflect the cruelty involved in the production cost, if the latter, then they need educating.

Jivrashia said :

Only two egg producers, both in South Australia, are certified as being truely “free range” by the RSPCA. All other that declare they are free range… well… really aren’t. In fact, some may (and I stress the word may as I have no evidence) be harmful to you than caged eggs.

Something to ponder for the day…

No thanks, I get enough fairy stories when I read to my children

FC FC 1:48 pm 24 Apr 09

Jivrashia.
That comment was meant in a broader sense and not just to do with eggs. Although the eating of eggs that are the result of cruelty was what prompted the thought.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 1:42 pm 24 Apr 09

FC said :

I want my body to function well and feel how good it feels to be healthy, then I think so many problems would be resolved.

Hold that thought for a moment.
Phasing out battery farms is aimed to achieve one thing, to be less cruel to the hens. It does not achieve everything.

Michael from RSPCA can probably correct me but as I understand it the “certified” free range eggs require the producers to follow very stringent set of criterias, set down by none other than the RSPCA. For example, one of the criteria is to ensure that the ground where the hens are fenced must be free of chemical (away from fertilisers and other chemicals that are common on a farm).

Only two egg producers, both in South Australia, are certified as being truely “free range” by the RSPCA. All other that declare they are free range… well… really aren’t. In fact, some may (and I stress the word may as I have no evidence) be harmful to you than caged eggs.

Something to ponder for the day…

Ralph Ralph 1:41 pm 24 Apr 09

Another moonbat proposal.

People are already able to choose between caged eggs and barn/whatever eggs. The fact that most people still buy caged eggs reveals their true preference.

This proposal is just another attempt at restraining free enterprise.

chewy14 chewy14 1:31 pm 24 Apr 09

johnboy said :

Or, here’s a thought, get tough on truth in advertising and make sure battery eggs are labelled with a picture of a real batter hen…

Watch where the sales go…

I love battered hen.

Thumper Thumper 1:25 pm 24 Apr 09

About time.

FC FC 1:20 pm 24 Apr 09

johnboy said :

Or, here’s a thought, get tough on truth in advertising and make sure battery eggs are labelled with a picture of a real batter hen…

Watch where the sales go…

+ 1

I think the reason why a lot of people eat a lot of products is that they are so far removed from either what the product contains/where it came from/and why they are eating it.

If everytime someone was about the eat something they looked at that food item and thought I can have a clear concious about eating this and I am eating it becuase I want my body to function well and feel how good it feels to be healthy, then I think so many problems would be resolved.

A sad thing that I find with people these days is that a lot of people are so disconnected from their bodies and the things they choose to put in their bodies (including food, toxins etC)

johnboy johnboy 1:13 pm 24 Apr 09

Or, here’s a thought, get tough on truth in advertising and make sure battery eggs are labelled with a picture of a real batter hen…

Watch where the sales go…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:12 pm 24 Apr 09

I cannot agree with any form of battery farming, chickens or other. I wish it were mandatory to label foods produced using battery farm sourced eggs.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:02 pm 24 Apr 09

Bring it on.

pinklink pinklink 1:00 pm 24 Apr 09

Hi, CEO of RSPCA ACT Michael Linke here…

One way to help get prices down is encourage businesses, restaurants, cafes and any other users of eggs to join Choose Wisely. With purchasing power the price will come down. Since the campaign started in September 2008 RSPCA has helped convert 2,000,000 eggs annually out of the cage system. Check out http://www.choosewisely.org.au to find out more.

FC FC 12:45 pm 24 Apr 09

because, as with so many things, people let their hip pocket help them forget about ethics.

Gobbo Gobbo 12:26 pm 24 Apr 09

In a recent survey, 85% of ACT residents said they thought battery cage systems were cruel

Then it is a crying shame that 75% of ACT residents purchase battery eggs.

If so many people think this production system is cruel, why don’t they signify their disgust by not purchasing the product?

If there wasn’t a market for the eggs, there wouldn’t be the problem, surely?

I only buy free-range, and only then when I don’t have my own girls in my back yard laying for me.

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