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Australian egg farmers concerned about McDonalds decision

The announcement last week by McDonald’s Australia that they plan to phase out the use of eggs from caged-hens by 2017 has received mixed reactions.

Animal welfare groups welcomed the decision saying it will benefit both hens and consumers. Plus there have been many positive reactions on their Facebook page. However, Australian eggs farmers find the move disconcerting, asking the question: "Who will absorb the cost of your decision to dump affordable caged-hen eggs from your restaurants?"

Brian Ahmed president of the Victorian Farmers Federation Egg Group believes McDonald's have been 'bullied' into this decision by animal rights groups. According to Ahmed, if McDonald's want to make the change they need to be prepared for the extra costs and not expect egg producers to pay the price for this decision.

McDonald's said in a statement that it has been working with suppliers on a move to cage-free eggs for some time now. It says it will begin the transition in 2015 with the aim to be 100 percent cage-free by 2017.

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  • Fabio Nunes

    I believe it is time for the animal protein industry to joint forces around to world to halt the abusive posture and attitude from (animal activists groups) clients and consumers by denying to supply their products for just one week! I wished to see what would be the reaction! Despite the magnitude of the business , it is the fast food business that depends on the animal protein industry to run their businesses and not the other way round.

  • QLD Aviary Bird Keeper

    Investment in free-range poultry enterprises has all but dried up in Australia over the fear of the spread of NDV and AI to poultry by wild and migratory birds contaminating the paddocks. Almost certainly the industry will increase efforts to try to change the definition of 'free range' in Australia!

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