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Good news for caged hens in Australia

News Section Icon Published 01/10/2007

Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has made a commitment to start sourcing cage free eggs in all Governmental facilities such as schools, tuckshops, public hospitals and prisons. This pioneering move sees Australia's first state making a significant stand against battery eggs.

CIWF in Australia wrote to all ACT MPs urging them to support a Greens party initiative to ban the production of battery cages. However, these discussions led to the State's Chief Minister pledging to convert canteens to cage free sourcing.

CIWF's representative in Australia, Carole de Fraga says: "We seen companies move to cage free eggs overseas, but this first time we have seen such a development here. I believe the fact that a Government is making this pledge will set the ball rolling and we may see a real change for Australia's 10 million plus hens."

The Chief Minister of Australia's capital state is now urging other Agriculture Ministers and heads of Government within the Australian Federation to adopt and develop a national approach to phasing out battery egg production.

Take Action

If you would like, congratulate Australia for making this first step to free battery hens. Please send your positive letters to the UK Australian Embassy: The Honourable Richard Alston, Australian High Commissioner, Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA.

To get active for battery hens in Europe please visit our take action page and send an e-card.


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