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  • 18 Mar 2015 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SMH has published comments from Verna Simpson, director of HSI Australia and Humane Choice, on the cruel deaths of 500 pigs at Grong Grong in NSW.

    The deaths could have been avoided with appropriate staffing and as a result of such revelations HSI is calling for amendments to the Animal Welfare Code of Practice for Commercial Pig Production.

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/500-pigs-die-from-heat-stress-at-nsw-piggery-20150313-143j4l.html

  • 18 Feb 2015 12:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a look at this article from The New Daily, explaining ways to make your shopping more environmentally and animal welfare friendly. Including looking out for Humane Choice certification. 

    http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2015/02/18/make-ethical-purchases-supermarket-seven-steps/


  • 09 Dec 2014 6:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On the back of HSI's complaint to the ACCC, and their thorough investigations of Snowdale Holdings, Coles and Woolworths are again being urged to discontinue the stocking of contentious produce from the egg producer. 

    Snowdale, who trades as Swan Valley and Free Range Eggs by Ellah, is being taken to court by the ACCC over allegations of falsely labelled free range eggs. New evidence has emerged since investigations began in 2012, by both HSI and ACCC, of unsanitary conditions and animal cruelty. 

    Fairfax media reports that the egg producer was stocking up to 100 times the recommended number of laying hens, with 165,441 hens per hectare in one of its barns.

    Read more in the Fairfax article: http://goo.gl/50qJKB, and HSI's Media Release: http://goo.gl/JfPTpl 

  • 04 Dec 2014 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New evidence has emerged against Snowdale Holdings, one of Australia's largest egg producers, with allegations of severe animal cruelty and unsanitary conditions. It was HSI's formal complaint against Snowdale Holdings in 2012 that lead to the ACCC instigating court proceedings against the producers for false and misleading free range claims.

    Snowdale Eggs are still being sold in Coles and Woolworths, despite HSI alerting them to the evidence of Snowdale Holdings questionable free range operations. HSI is urging Coles and Woolworths again today to stop buying into this cruelty, and remove these eggs from their shelves.

    Read the article here: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/dead-chickens-dumped-eggs-in-freerange-swan-valley-farm-horror-20141203-11zjkg.html

    HSI's Media Release: http://hsi.org.au/go/to/1753/4-december-2014-swan-valley-case-takes-a-deadly-turn.html#.VIEgNNKUcck

  • 25 Nov 2014 9:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good news this week with Brazil announcing its plans to end gestation crates.  Brazil, the largest pork producer in Latin America now joins the EU, New Zealand, Australia and Canada who have either already phased out gestation crates, or are planning to do so in coming years.  


    The move by Brazil is expected to affect over 300,000  breeding sows and will eliminate their lifelong confinement in crates to more humane groupd housing systems.

    Read more at HSUS: http://goo.gl/IHpvVH

    Photo credit: Happy Valley Free Range

  • 13 Nov 2014 12:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Humane Choice producers, Rhodavale Pork, will be served at G20 conference lunches as delegates descend on Brisbane and surrounding areas. Congratulations Rhodavale!

    http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/exodus-slickers-hit-the-bush/2451460/

  • 13 Nov 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ACCC are urging the egg industry to review their free range egg claims using the recent example of the $300,000 penalty taken against Pirovic. The ACCC have expressed the need for egg producers to monitor their transparency to consumers, and the use of advertising and free range labels.

    http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-urges-egg-industry-to-review-free-range-claims

  • 30 Oct 2014 10:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    South Melbourne Market have decided to ban caged eggs in a move that will be highly beneficial for small egg producers. The markets will not only ban traders from selling caged eggs, but food vendors will no longer be able to use them. 

    All produce available at the markets will be sign posted and display the number of hens per hectare at each farm. Congratulations to our Humane Choice farm, Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs, featured in the photo!
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/executive-living/food-drink/south-melbourne-market-not-chicken-to-ban-caged-eggs/story-e6frg8jo-1227106209391


  • 29 Oct 2014 12:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Consumers are driving the growth in free range eggs with demand for free range having jumped 15% in the past five years. While it is great news that consumer demand is such a driving force for change in the industry, there is still much confusion about what is true free range. 

    Read the article here:  http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/livestock/general-news/cracking-demand-for-freerange/2715544.aspx?storypage=0

  • 22 Sep 2014 9:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Egg producer Pirovic has today been given a $300,000 fine for misleading and deceptive conduct in regard to free range egg labelling. Legal action was taken by the ACCC when it was alleged that Pirovic made false, misleading and deceptive statements on their egg cartons and websites that the eggs were free range. 

    Read more: http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/federal-court-orders-300000-penalty-after-finding-free-range-egg-claims-to-be-misleading

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