Animal Rights People Praise Coles Action
Thank you so much to Bob Carr for raising this issue.
I agree that retailers like Coles and Woolworths are finally realising that animal protection is the next great social justice movement. If they don’t reflect the growing public sentiment that animals must be treated humanely in farming systems, they will lose brand credibility.
Although their small steps in the last couple of years have been meaningful, we should look to the UK for real progress. Voiceless has kept track of these inspirational moves abroad particularly in regards to battery hens, an infamously cruel industry.
In 2009 Sainsbury’s, the third largest supermarket chain in England, stopped selling battery eggs. This had a direct result in that half a million hens would be no longer kept in cages.
Three major retailers followed their lead including Asda, Tesco and Morrisons. Other big retailers Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and the Co-op also refused to continue using battery eggs ahead of a European Union ban on the keeping of egg-producing hens in battery cages from 2012 with Morrisons committing itself to ensuring 100% of its own brand eggs are cage free by last year.
Woolworths and Coles have a long road ahead of them. Voiceless hopes that they will take positions of leadership. But in reality, the more consumers send a message by “voting with their wallets” that factory farming is unacceptable, retailers will realise the market value of compassion.