The Liberal, National and Labor parties have voted against a Greens motion calling on the Australian Government to review the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard to accurately reflect the density standard of egg-laying chickens, and to ensure that consumers have correct information about stocking densities.
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull Government has set a free range egg standard that dupes Australian consumers into thinking that intensive farmed eggs are ‘free range’.
“How many consumers would consider 10,000 hens per hectare to be ‘free range’?
“Supermarket giants and industrial-scale egg producers know that animal welfare concerns are the primary driver for sales of free range eggs, and the Government has allowed them to exploit that fact by drastically moving the goal posts.
“The Greens will continue to fight for truth in labelling, and for proper free range egg standards that proscribe a maximum of 1500 animals per hectare,” Senator Rhiannon said.