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Are You Still Eating Cage Eggs… And Don’t Know It?

Now many of us, who care about animals and want to shop ethically, will only ever buy cage-free eggs – but what about when you’re eating out? 

Indeed, more and more Aussies are choosing cage-free eggs in the supermarket, but you might be surprised to learn that many restaurants, cafes and packaged/processed foods are still using cage eggs.

If you’re like us, you simply assume that the rest of the country has followed suit, but unfortunately that’s not the case with millions of cage eggs continuing to go into food production and service.  

Let’s put this into perspective - there are currently over 10 million hens living a miserable existence confined to bare and cramped cages, each with less space than an A4 piece of paper. Pretty despicable, huh?

However, some of Australia’s leading food chains have already made the switch, responding to the expectations of their customers and committing to cage-free eggs. 

And far from being a few small, boutique businesses, these include some of the country’s biggest and best-known names in the food service industry such as:

- Grill’d
- Subway
- McDonald’s
- Nando’s
- IKEA
- Arnott’s
- Harris Farm Markets

Now, we know what you’re thinking. When you go to the supermarket now, you can still see cage eggs on the shelf – so what about the supermarkets?

Well, you’ll be glad to know that our biggest (and most influential) grocers have made a public commitment to phase out cage eggs too.

These include:

- Coles (to be phased out by 2023)
- Woolworths (to be phased out by 2025)
- ALDI (to be phased out by 2025)

These companies, as well as many others, are responding to demand from their customers and proving that sourcing cage-free eggs on a large scale is possible and affordable.

So, what can you do to help?

- Celebrate and recognise these brands rolling out cage-free eggs
- Find out whether your favourite brands are cage free and proud
- Ask about the source of a restaurant or café’s eggs when you’re dining out or buying products that contain eggs as an ingredient.

Here’s to a cage-free future for all our Aussie chooks!

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