The Australian industry for egg and poultry production continues to prioritise profits over animal welfare.
Billions of chickens across Australia live short and miserable lives in tiny cages or crowded buildings where they never see the light of day. Beaks are ground or cut, causing much pain, and day old male chicks are pulverised alive. Those who survive are forced to share a perch with tens of thousands of others in an unnatural, crowded and stressful environment.
Alison and the Greens support ending intensive factory farming where cruelty is common and inevitable.
The Greens campaigned against the Federal Government’s misleading changes to the free range egg label, which raised allowable stocking densities from 1500 to 10,000 hens per hectare. This is not good animal welfare. It is at odds with consumer expectations – and it is unfair to genuine free range producers.
Alison will continue to advocate for a ban on cage egg production; the enforcement of genuine free range standards and the improvement of food labelling laws to ensure genuine cruelty-free products can be easily differentiated from fraudulent products ripping off consumers.