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SPCA wants supermarkets to set dates for ending battery egg sales

Tuesday, 3 April, 2007

The SPCA says that New Zealand supermarket chains should follow the example of a leading UK food retailer and set deadlines for ending sales of battery-produced eggs.

The SPCA has also called on New Zealand consumers to vote with their purses and persuade supermarket chains to make the change.

Last week, British supermarket giant, J.Sainsbury, pledged to phase-out all battery-produced eggs before 2012, in response to customer concerns. Sainsbury's currently sells approximately 600 million eggs per year.

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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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