A WARRANDYTE supermarket has ruled out stocking caged eggs, making them the first IGA supermarket in Australia to ban the eggs.
Quinton’s Supa IGA at Goldfield Plaza has taken a stand against the cage egg industry, in response to video posted by animal protection organisation Animals Australia.
It was a graphic video of a lone “forgotten” hen scratching around for food on the top of a pile of chicken excrement, filmed at an Egg Corp Assured PACE factory in NSW, that caused owner Julie Quinton to take action.
The video, viewed by more than 5500 people within 24 hours, is part of wider campaign to push the Federal Government to carry out an independent audit and ban battery cage farms.
A letter given to news.com.au from lawyers acting for Pace Farm, said it was aware of the footage but questioned whether it was taken inside the facility.
After strong community support, Ms Quinton said she wishes she had done away with caged eggs years ago.
“It was the video that pushed us to make a decision,” she said.
“I couldn’t work out what animal it was at first.
“I said I don’t care what anyone else is doing and I don’t care what backlash we get.”
Ms Quinton, who hasn’t bought caged eggs herself in years, said they would be leaning toward stocking more ethical products.
“This has given me the confidence to do it,” she said.
“In the past I had been told not to remove the caged eggs.”
Only a handful of regular shoppers and pensioners have complained, she said.
“There are those that buy the caged eggs because they are cheaper and a lot of people don’t care,” she said.
“It became a moral thing for me in the end.”
After increasing the free range suppliers, the Warrandyte supermarket had just about phased out the caged egg brands.
“I just said to the staff, don’t order anymore,” she said.
“For us, it meant removing the bottom shelf of eggs.”
The brands she will stock will be ones that provide eggs from free range and organic farms run by humans.
To view the Animals Australia campaign visit BantheBatteryCage.com
Source: Animals Australia