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Sainsbury’s to ban battery eggs

Posted 20 January 2009

From 5th February, Sainsbury’s will no longer sell eggs from battery hens. This decision comes three years before an EU-wide ban on battery cages comes into force. The supermarket will not be selling eggs from birds kept in larger 'enriched' cages either. And has also set a target to stop using caged eggs as an ingredient in its food and drink by 2012.

While we applaud this ethical decision, it will not end the suffering of chickens. Even in 'higher welfare' production systems, hens are sent to slaughter when they are no longer able to produce the amount of eggs required by the industry - often at just two years old. Their worn-out bodies go into cheap meat products such as soups, pies and pet food. And, as half the 60 million chicks bred to replace them each year are male, they are deemed useless and gassed or shredded alive in giant mincing machines.

For those consumers who are concerned with animal welfare, the simplest way to end the suffering is not to buy any eggs.

Eggs contain high amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat - two of the main causes of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. There are no nutrients in eggs that cannot be obtained from plant-based foods.

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