You’ve heard me bang on and on about free ranged chicken and eggs. I’ve discussed the value of free ranged eggs for your health, animal ethics and the economy. To carry the label “Free Range”, producers must comply with a high standard of animal ethics and welfare issues resulting in a higher quality of product. Accreditation labelling ensures that producers are checked regularly for compliance to these standards giving consumers piece of mind.
Today I wanted to share with you two issues facing Australian consumers but I thought I would share this fantastic chart to help consumers understand the difference between the different egg labels. Perhaps it will clarify some of the ethical issues regarding egg production.
In Australia, there are plans to change the standards for free range egg production from 1,500 chickens per hectare to an incredible 20,000 chickens. The proposed changes also want to restrict chickens to be inside for the first 25 weeks of life instead of being allowed to free range from 5 weeks. This great article on The Conversation (New standards could make consumers chose between the chicken and the egg) helps explain the issues.
As horrifying as these changes sound, it’s not too late for consumers to vote against the proposed changes. You can sign the Animals Australia petition entitled Don’t let ‘Free Range’ become ‘Factory Farmed and talk to your friends about it. Express your concerns via social media like Facebook to heighten consumer consciousness.
It is not impossible for consumers to stall horrendous political decisions. Just this week, Tasmania announced a ban on battery egg production in its state and has made moves to phase out stall pig production. What a fantastic win for animal ethics and consumerism! You can read about this victory on this ABC news feed and this National Newspaper article.
- Quiche Lorraine (mizrhi.wordpress.com)
- I like my chicken free range….. (i2cook.wordpress.com)
- Plan hatched to crack row over egg labelling (smh.com.au)
- When are free-range eggs not free-range? (blogs.abc.net.au)
- Health Benefits of Free-Range Hens’ Eggs (refreshingnews99.blogspot.com)
- Australia’s Island State Bans Battery Hens (theepochtimes.com)
- Eggy Cabbage (mizrhi.wordpress.com)