Few 'cage-free' eggs in HK

Local | Amy Nip 3 Dec 2018

Hong Kong is lagging behind foreign countries in the "cage-free eggs" movement as at least 70 percent of eggs sold in local supermarkets come from caged hens.

Katherine Ma Tsz-kei, program manager of the Lever Foundation, an animal welfare group focused on farm animals, said there is little discussion on promoting cage-free or free ranch eggs in the SAR, unlike Europe, the United States, or South America, where companies are committed to ending the use of eggs from caged hens.

To better understand the types of eggs Hongkongers eat, Lever examined the brands of eggs sold in 21 stores under eight supermarket chains - AEON, Unicorn Stores, U Select, Sogo, Wellcome, China Resources Vanguard, Yata and ParknShop - between September and November.

It found out of 128 varieties of eggs being sold, only 10 percent of the fresh eggs were stated as cage-free. After checking with egg suppliers, 70 percent were found to be from caged hens, while the production method of 20 percent was unknown.

"On battery cage egg farms, mother hens are crammed into cages so small each hen has less space than the size of a single sheet of A4 paper to live her entire life in," Ma said. "Battery cages represent one of the cruelest factory farming practices. They are so cruel they have been banned throughout the entire European Union, and in numerous parts of the United States."

AMY NIP

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