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Animal Rights People Praise Coles Action

February 2, 2011

Ondine Sherman co-founder of Voiceless

My friends in Voiceless, the animals’ advocates, have given me the following on the Coles action I reported immediately below :

    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.

  1. February 2, 2011 2:02 pm

    The improvement in attitude to non-factory farmed produce is welcome as is the increasing amount of certified organic produce on supermarket shelves. In particular i’d draw attention to Duchy Organic Ale. A fine traditional British ale certified as organic and made from produce of Highgrove farm. It has the added advantage of being able tonbe described as the Prince of Wales’ very own home brew.

  2. Bob Carr permalink
    February 2, 2011 3:25 pm

    I might resume alcohol just to support it !

    Charles is an ally on this agenda – animal rights, organic produce, environmental protection.

    If we are going to stay a constitutional monarchy he would be a good king, compared with his spoilt princeling sons, for example.

  3. February 4, 2011 2:22 pm

    I second the motion re: Duchy Ale. A fine drop.

    Would also like to point out the moves by the Tasmanian Government to ban sow stalls on pig farms by 2014.

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