Kiwi-owned grocery stores race to be cage-free

SAFE is applauding Kiwi grocery chain Bin Inn for embracing cage-free policy with a swift turnaround time. The commitment will see all 36 Bin Inn stores, from Whangarei to Alexandria, cage-free in whole eggs by 2020. This is one of the fastest supermarket chain-wide switches yet.

After working with SAFE on the progressive policy, Bin Inn said it is committed to stopping the sale of all whole caged eggs, with most stores switched by the end of 2018 and full store compliancy by 2020.

Earlier this year, retail outlets FreshChoice and SuperValue, owned by Countdown, also confirmed cage-free policy. This followed moves from Foodstuffs and Progressive to do the same and brought all major New Zealand supermarket chains together, united against the cruelty of cage-eggs. By 2027 at the latest, there will be no cage eggs left on any supermarket shelves!

“Yet another New Zealand business pulling their support for cruel cage eggs shows this industry is on a timer. Public acceptance has ended on this shameful treatment of hens,” says Jennifer Dutton, SAFE’s Corporate Campaigner.

The egg industry choosing to keep hens confined in battery and colony cages is one of the most extreme methods of legalised animal cruelty still around today. SAFE is working to help hens and their chicks across all types of farming systems and getting rid of cages is a vital step in the journey towards a future where all animals are valued as individuals.

The phasing out of cages is part of a global revolution by animal advocacy groups around the world including members of the Open Wing Alliance, of which SAFE is a partner organisation.

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20 August 2018