No More Free Range Eggs in Queensland
The Queensland government has quietly brought about changes to state regulations that will now ensure the end of true free range egg production in Queensland.
The QLD government has bowed to the pressure of the corporate giants and sold out Queensland family farms, the egg buying consumer and condemned hens to a life of factory farming misery.
Up until now Queensland was applauded for their regulations that stipulated only 1500 hens per hectare for free range farms. Queensland egg producers actually had an advantage over the other states that allowed higher stocking densities for free range hens. South Australia has just followed suit and developed a free range labelling system for producers stocking hens at 1500 or less per hectare. Given the public outrage over the industrialization of free range egg production and the current position on this issue by the ACCC, we are appalled that the QLD government has made this move.
The Queensland government has made a mockery of the Model Code of Practice and is effectively allowing the supermarket giants to act as a regulators for the industry. There is no science and no social conscience behind the decision to destroy the Queensland free range egg industry.
“In a perverse way the QLD government has made it just that much easier to make the right choice when you buy free range eggs. When purchasing eggs at the supermarket, just look at the where they are packed and boycott any free range eggs produced in Queensland.” Says Lee McCosker from Humane Choice.
If you are a Queenslander buy your eggs from the independent supermarkets, butchers, green grocers or farmers markets if they carry an accreditation that ensures the eggs are truly free range.
“Queenslanders have always felt that they didnt need to get behind the push for a nationally accepted standard of 1500 hens as being free range because they thought that’s what they already had. It’s never too late to send a message to the QLD Government and voice your disapproval.” McCosker said.
Send a 1500 hen postcard www.humanechoice.com.au/postcard
Contact: Lee McCosker 0412326030
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