Council to ban battery hen eggs

EGGS from battery chickens will be banned from Lismore City Council functions if a proposal by Councillor David Yarnall is adopted at its meeting on Tuesday night.

Cr Yarnall said 17 other councils, including Byron Shire, had already banned the use of battery eggs and it was time Lismore joined them.

“Lismore council has to show leadership in this area,” he said. “The way battery hens are kept is just not sustainable and sustainability is one of council’s catch phrases.

“The reason it is not sustainable is because basically it’s a cruel farming practice.”

More than 10 million battery-caged hens across Australia each live in a space no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, according to the RSPCA.

The animal rights organisation said the welfare of battery hens was ‘the most compromised of all farm animals’, with young chicks often ‘debeaked’.

Cr Yarnall acknowledged there were a number of battery hen farms on the Northern Rivers, but said it was an individual choice not to buy battery eggs, and the council should make that choice.

“I don’t want this to turn into some sort of politically correct witch-hunt against battery eggs,” he said. “But it’s important for our council to send a clear message that we don’t support this kind of farming practice.

“In the end it is consumers that make the decisions that affect how an industry is run.”

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