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Clarifying the Tasmanian Government's position on cage eggs

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Animal activist organisations have muddied the water when it comes to what the Tasmania Government is really doing in relation to cage eggs. There ...

Animal activist organisations have muddied the water when it comes to what the Tasmania Government is really doing in relation to cage eggs. There is no blanket ban on cages. The truth is, the Tasmanian Government policy is:

  • A cap on cage egg production at 2012 levels (by banning additional cage egg infrastructure and/or capping number of birds in cages at current level).
  • Assistance to current cage producers to transition to non-cage
  • Marketing to increase demand for locally produced eggs, with an emphasis on non- cage
  • Assistance to non-cage producers to grow their businesses
  • Review of government egg procurement criteria
  • Review of progress after 2 years 

AECL only supports consumer led changes to egg production systems and will not support a regulatory ban on cages in any state or territory of Australia. The egg industry cares about the welfare of its flocks. All three egg production systems have welfare advantages and disadvantages.

For further information, please contact AECL Communications Manager, Kai Ianssen, on (02) 94096909 or kai@aecl.org