Results of a CHOICE survey released today show that consumers are
demanding transparent and reliable labelling for free-range eggs that
meet high animal welfare standards which is best achieved through
legislation, according to Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and NSW MP John
Dr Kaye said: "The Greens' bill before the NSW Parliament would provide
a legislated definition of free-range egg production that would help end
the confusion and exploitation that is concerning consumers.
"The results of the CHOICE survey resoundingly reinforce the need to
provide certainty to individuals when they buy free-range eggs.
"This can only be achieved by ending the free range free-for-all that
industry self-regulation has become.
"Respondents sent a loud and clear message that 'free-range' must mean
adequate outdoor space and a ban on cruel procedures such as beak
"The Egg Corporation and the large industrial producers they represent
are treating consumers with utter disdain by continuing the myth that
20,000 birds per hectare can be free range.
"The NSW Government must stand up to the Egg Corporation and protect
people who don't want to buy into animal cruelty," Dr Kaye said.
Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said: “Just
last week in Senate Estimates the CEO of the Egg Corporation made a
valiant effort to argue that 'cage egg production systems do provide
animal welfare benefits'.
“This shows exactly where the Egg Corporation is at - defending the
battery cage with its well established negative impacts on the health of
"Shoppers want to have faith in the free-range label. Half of the
people surveyed by CHOICE indicated they rely solely on the term
'free-range' when buying eggs.
"This undermines the Egg Corporation's argument that people can choose
between what they think is 'free-range'.
"Consumers are not swallowing the Egg Corporation's attempts to gloss
over the gross variations in the animal welfare and environmental
standards on eggs labelled as free-range”, Senator Rhiannon said.
Details of the survey can be found at http://bit.ly/JRDNuE
Senate estimate transcript of Egg Corporation claims: