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  • 28 Apr 2017 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Government has announced new standards for free range egg labelling, but images from inside a Government-approved "free range" egg farm may leave consumers questioning the value of the reforms. Head of Campaigns for the Humane Society International, Nicola Beynon, has accused the Government of misleading consumers over the new guidelines, which fall far short of Australia's own voluntary Model Code of Practice, as well as standards set in the UK and Europe. Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/04/27/this-is-what-the-governments-new-free-range-egg-guidelines-lo_a_22059101/

  • 05 Apr 2017 11:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australia's first free-range egg information standards is to be launched before Easter, with all producers required to "prominently" display their farm's bird density on cartons within the next 12 months.  Consumers can expect to see densities ranging from 30 birds per hectare up to 10,000/ha on free-range egg cartons. Read the full article here: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/freerange-eggs-stocking-density-to-be-displayed-on-carton/news-story/f7cd88d8054cd9b952dd154afab07ffe

  • 15 Feb 2017 6:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The integrity of the process for developing Australia's new poultry standards is in question, with scientists raising concerns about inaccuracies and the RSPCA threatening to quit.

    Three animal welfare scientists sent a scathing letter, seen by Fairfax Media, to the group writing the legal requirements for poultry welfare, saying their research had been distorted in supporting papers to appear in favour of conventional caged egg production.

    Read the full story here: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/rspca-threatens-to-quit-poultry-standards-advisory-group-as-integrity-of-process-is-questioned-20170213-gubgx0.html

  • 16 Jan 2017 10:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said the national standard for free-range eggs signed off on by government ministers across the country last year did not meet with consumer expectations of free-range.

    Mr Godfrey said the term free-range eggs "has been hi-jacked by industrial egg producers... which is unfair to free-range farms who invested to produce free-range eggs people expect and want."

    Read more here: http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4405706/do-egg-buyers-know-whats-free-range/

  • 09 Dec 2016 9:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday is the last chance for shoppers to submit thoughts on the draft the RSPCA says could allow more stories to surface such as that of Perth's Snowdale Holdings, found guilty in May of misleading the public about its brands, which include Free Range Eggs by Ellah and Swan Valley Farm Premium.

    There has been no official standard for Australian free-range eggs apart from CSIRO recommendations; Humane Society International called the term "virtually meaningless" in Australia following the Snowdale revelations.  Read more here: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/free-range-egg-loopholes-wide-enough-to-drive-truck-through-rspca-20161209-gt7ppm.html

  • 22 Nov 2016 8:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When our grandparents thought about what to eat, they didn't have to consider what their food choices might be doing to the environment, what animal welfare conditions were like or even what bad effects their food might have on their bodies.  They didn't stand motionless in supermarket aisles, head down, squinting at tiny labels, and there weren't whole sections of the shops they needed to avoid.

    Both RSPCA and Humane Society International Australia (via its Humane Choice True Free Range certification) provide more consistent standards that producers must abide by to get approval.  Humane Choice, with its "True Free Range" standards, lists on its website the producers it has certified and in many cases where you can buy the products.  Read the full article here: https://www.wellbeing.com.au/body/nutrition/eat-ethically.html

  • 07 Nov 2016 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We see all sorts of labels on our meat, from terms such as free-range and grass-fed to Heart Foundation ticks. What do they mean? Which have legally set meanings and which are just marketing ploys?

    RSPCA approved: The RSPCA has a set of guidelines for each different animal, and they provide assurance against inhumane animal conditions, although their guidelines allow for more intensive farming than some other groups. For example, the RSPCA legislates a maximum of 30 sows (pigs) per hectare compared with 'Humane Choice' guidelines which legislates a maximum of ten. Read the full article here: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2016/10/31/lots-terms-meat-labels-mean-nothing-nothing

  • 28 Sep 2016 1:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andrew and Jodie Green of Aloeburn Poll Merinos are celebrating 10 years of no mulesing.  The decision was made in 2006 that the logical way forward in breeding Merino sheep in Australia was to select animals with naturally bare breaches who did not require mulesing.

    The Aloeburn Poll Merino Stud has been working with Dr Jim Watts for 30 years, classing sheep under the SRS (Soft Rolling Skin) principles.  Read more here: http://www.southernweekly.com.au/story/4188325/a-new-approach-creating-success/

  • 20 Sep 2016 12:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week, The Land reports on Mayfield Farms' free range pork production, a Humane Choice certified farm at Hernani in New South Wales.  Siblings Ian and Sandra Bannerman said that their decision to become Humane Choice certified has paid off with customers, and it means that their animals are raised ethically and can practice their natural behaviours.

    Read the full article here:  http://www.theland.com.au/story/4084675/humane-choice-for-pork-production-at-hernani/

  • 12 Sep 2016 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australian non-mulesed wool is being bought before auction by overseas buyers willing to pay a premium.  The manager at Shelford's Warrambeen Merino stud, Andrew Kirk, said wool from their past two shearings had been sold to overseas interests at a higher price than it would have made if it had gone under the hammer.

    Warrambeen owners, the Taylor family, made the decision to stop mulesing almost a decade ago due to animal welfare concerns.  They have tackled the problems mulesing is used to combat through genetics and a change in management.  "Breeding is out No.1 tactic," Mr Kirk said.

    Read more here: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/sheep/mulesingfree-wool-being-sought-out-by-chinese-processors/news-story/ba059c4982d0b1ab5bbab167c923b5f4

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