"A big thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Cage-free Councils Campaign. Together, we're making a real difference to our food and farm animals"
Philip Lymbery, CEO (read Philip's blog here)
38 councils were celebrated as 'Good Eggs' at Compassion's awards ceremony in Bournemouth on 6 July 2010. The winning councils have all committed to sourcing eggs exclusively from cage-free hens. Collectively they will be directly helping more than 17,000 hens a year enjoy happier lives in a more natural environment, without cages.
By winning one of our Good Egg Awards, the councils have joined the ranks of top UK companies including Waitrose and Sainsbury's, who previously won awards.
Our special guest Pam Ayres presented the awards. She gave a poignant rendition of her poem on the life of the battery hen and underscored the real difference that the assembled councils were making to the lives of hens.
"Local authorities who take the cage-free pledge thoroughly deserve our recognition and applause," said Compassion Chief Executive Philip Lymbery. "Their actions are so important, both to the hens that benefit directly, and to ensuring that politicians and higher welfare farmers feel supported in their quest to bring a better deal for our laying hens ahead of the 2012 EU ban on barren battery cages."
The movement for a cage-free future is growing
A 2010 YouGov survey, commissioned by Compassion, showed that 63% * of the UK public would prefer for their local council to use eggs from cage-free hens. Compassion has made significant progress in ensuring that public opinion is heard.
Over 90 councils in the UK are now using barn, free-range or organic eggs and are part of the movement to better welfare and better quality food that is sweeping the corporate and public procurement sectors.
Including our latest corporate UK winners to be celebrated on 14 July 2010 and projected numbers from our European awards being held in October 2010, our Good Egg Awards are now set to benefit 25 million laying hens every year.
Thank you for your support
A big thank you to everyone who has taken part in our campaign to convince councils to commit to better animal welfare and show leadership in ethical food procurement. Together, we are making a real difference to the lives of millions of hens. We are now well placed to continue the campaign to ensure that all councils follow suit.
Well done to the Good Egg Awards winners!
- Bacons College
- Birmingham City Council
- Bolton City Council
- Bridgwater College
- Bristol City Council
- Cambridge City Council
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Ceredigion County Council
- Cheshire East Council
- Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
- East Sussex County Council
- Gloucester County Council
- Gwynedd County Council
- Herefordshire County Council
- Kent County Council
- Leicester City Council
- London Borough of Hounslow Council
- London Borough of Merton Council
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Peterborough City Council
- Rochford District Council
- Ryedale District Council
- Salford City Council
- Sedgemoor District Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- Somerset County Council
- South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
- Staffordshire County Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
- Telford and Wrekin Council
- West Oxfordshire District Council
- West Sussex County Council
- Wigan County Council
- Winchester City Council
- Wychavon District Council
Click here to see our list of previous winners.
* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc 2010. Total sample size was 2,053 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd - 7th June 2010 . The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).