Aussie hens flapping for joy as IKEA goes cage free

RSPCA Australia has today awarded furniture giant IKEA Australia with a Good Egg Award for their commitment to improving layer hen welfare in Australia by making the switch to source only cage-free eggs in all their in-store restaurants.

The Good Egg Awards acknowledge major companies that have made the switch to cage-free eggs in their products and services.

RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil said this commitment from IKEA highlighted the impact of consumer power in improving the welfare of animals across Australia.

“IKEA Australia has listened to their customers and we are thrilled to publically award them for their leadership in making the switch from using eggs from hens that live their life in a cage to those that are cage free.

“Half of all eggs produced in Australia end up in food manufacturing and the food service industry, most of which are produced by hens confined to cages, so commitments from companies like Ikea Australia will make a huge difference to the lives of hens.

“The RSPCA is looking forward to celebrating more food outlets and manufacturers stepping up to the plate and making a commitment to Australian hens by switching to cage-free eggs and helping Set a Sister Free,” said Ms Neil.

This commitment from IKEA Australia joins cage-free commitments from other manufacturers, quick service restaurants and retailers; including The Food Company, Simplot Australia, McDonalds, Subway, the South Melbourne Markets and Woolworths.

Print ready images of the award ceremony are available here.