What’s happening in New Zealand?
In New Zealand, conventional battery cages will be banned in 2022, but are being replaced by another kind of cage: the colony battery cage.
The conditions in colony cages were exposed in an investigation. Footage showed hens trapped beneath perches and left to starve to death; dead hens left to rot alongside live hens; severely de-feathered hens living in overcrowded conditions.
The majority of New Zealanders do not want hens confined in cages; demonstrated by a nationwide Horizon poll showing that over 70% of people don't want colony cages introduced, on the grounds of cruelty. Consumer pressure is causing retailers to move away from buying or selling any cage eggs.
The following food businesses in New Zealand have pledged to, or have already gone cage-free:
- Pita Pit
- Burger King
- Hell Pizza
- Burger Fuel
- New World stores in Dannevirke, Carterton, Remuera (Auckland) and Metro Willis St (Wellington)
- Four Square stores in Featherston and Greymouth
- All Farro Fresh stores
- Compass Group (the world’s largest foodservice company)
- InterContinental Hotels Group
- Accor Hotels
These changes are part of a worldwide movement of food retailers who are phasing out cage eggs.