Australian consumers are backing better animal welfare practices and truth in free-range labelling.
True free range is achieved where there are less than 1500 chickens per hectare and chickens are free to roam and have access to outdoor paddocks, not confined to tiny cages.
Current egg labelling in South Australia is confusing and misleading.
In the absence of a binding definition of free range, some unethical producers are using the ‘free range’ label to cash in on higher prices without investing in better practices. At some so-called ‘free range’ egg farms, birds are jammed into sheds with little room to move and no access to the outdoors.
Standards in the egg industry should meet consumer expectations for animal welfare.
The Greens will continue to push for better truth in labelling laws at a state and national level.