Friday, August 14, 2009

Woolworths goes free-range. Stepping stone to Veganism?

In what appears to be a compassionate move from Woolworths, the giant retailer has made more room for free-range and barn eggs in its stores and is reducing the number of cage eggs it supplies. You can read more on this here.

Whilst Woolworths no doubt did this for profits, not animal welfare, I wonder what affect this has on the larger society.

I don't know, is this a move towards a more compassionate society? A stepping stone to veganism?

Or is it just reinforcing the humane myth that free-range and barn eggs come from happy, healthy chickens? That we aren't really exploiting them or controlling their lives? That we don't mutilate their beaks? That they have plenty of room to run around? That the male chickens born aren't ground up alive or suffocated? That its all ok if their miserable short lives are in a cramped barn as opposed to a cramped cage?

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