The RSPCA is today welcoming the news Woolworths has taken a major step in their commitment to Australian hens, by removing cartons of cage eggs from their stores in the Australian Capital Territory.

With 11 million hens confined to cages in Australia without the ability to express natural behaviours such as spreading their wings, dust bathing and laying their eggs in a nest, this decision is an important step forward for hen welfare.

RSPCA Australia Humane Food Marketing Manager Hope Bertram said Woolworths’ ACT-wide switch to only stock cage-free eggs was another success for Australian hens and consumers.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned about animal welfare and have long been asking for higher welfare products on Australian supermarket shelves,” said Ms Bertram.

“Woolworth’s commitment to removing cage eggs from its ACT stores is a fantastic step forward for improving hen welfare, and is a key indicator of consumer power in action.

“As Woolworths works towards completing their 2018 commitment to no longer stock any cartons of cage eggs across their Australian stores, the RSPCA is looking forward to this switch occurring nationwide.”

The RSPCA encourages Australian consumers to continue to use their consumer power to push for higher welfare products on their local supermarket shelves.