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Higher egg prices better than battery cages

Monday, 20 May, 2002

Nearly eight out of ten New Zealanders would be willing to pay more for their eggs, if battery cages for hens were banned, says a survey commissioned by the SPCA.

Participants in a Colmar Brunton survey of 500 adults were told that the average retail price of a battery egg was 30 cents, while barn and free range eggs cost around 40 or 50 cents each.

The participants were then asked whether they would be prepared to pay this higher price for barn or free range eggs, if this meant that hens no longer had to live in battery cages. Seventy-nine per cent said they would be prepared to pay the higher prices. Fifteen per cent said they would not be prepared to pay extra and six per cent said they were unsure.

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