10 timely reasons ALDI Australia should dump cage eggs

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 28 March 2016

Actually, there are 12 MILLION reasons… That’s how many Aussie hens are trapped in battery cages right now. But why stop there? Here are a few more:

UPDATE 25/05/2016: YOU DID IT! ALDI has agreed to a phase out of cruel cage eggs. Get the good news for hens here »

ALDI Australia is trying hard to be everyone’s new best friend. Unless you’re a hen, that is. As the supermarket chain muscles its way into the Australian market, its love affair with cage eggs is quietly condemning our hens to lives of misery behind bars. But we’re confident that with a little compassion and a little common sense, ALDI Australia will step up for hens. Here’s why:

ALDI in USA & many parts of Europe have done it.

Globally, ALDI recognises the cruelty of cages and has made landmark commitments overseas to sever ties with the cage egg industry. But ALDI Australia, for all its efforts to ingratiate itself with the Australian public, appears to be ignoring the fact that Aussies don’t like animal cruelty. While ALDI in the USA and many parts of Europe make moves away from cage eggs, we’re being left in the dust. Speaking of dust …

ALDI’s competitors are leaving them in the dust.

Australia’s most trusted supermarkets are listening to their customers and taking cage eggs off shelves. The ‘big two’ are actively reducing shelf space for cruel cage eggs, with Woolworths committing to be 100% cage-egg free by 2018. And several independent IGAs have already completed the switch, much to their customers’ delight.

Aussies aren’t fond of cages.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a baby boomer or a millennial. Surveys consistently show that most Australians want battery cages gone — for good. And thanks to relentless public awareness campaigns, more and more Australians understand that each and every cage egg represents 30 hours of battery cage cruelty.

2 cage eggs in every dozen were laid by a hen with an untreated broken bone

Ouch. As if extreme confinement weren’t cruel enough, 1 in 6 battery hens languish in cages with painful broken bones — a consequence of severe calcium depletion and lack of exercise.

ALDI Australia should be true to their word.

Corporate Responsibility Policies shouldn’t just sound pretty. They’re supposed to reflect the values a company lives by. So when ALDI Australia says “we insist on good animal welfare standards", it should — at the very least — mean that they won’t tolerate the cruellest factory farming device ever invented.

Because this isn’t normal.

‘Life’ in a battery cage is so unnatural and stressful that many hens lose their feathers by the time they are trucked to slaughter at just 18 months of age.

Because the power is in your hands.

Powerful animal industries consistently oppose any meaningful improvements to animal welfare laws, which is why obscene cruelty (such as the battery cage) is still legal in 2016. The real power to create change rests with retailers (and their customers!) who ultimately set the standards for their own supply chain. And history tells us that when demand changes, the law will follow.

Chickens are pretty amazing.

If given the freedom, a hen will express her own unique personality and exhibit a range of cognitive abilities that can rival young children’s. They can respond to training, just like dogs! And yep, chicken agility is a thing. But all you really need to know is that they are living, breathing beings, and they deserve our compassion.

It’s the right thing to do.

Deep down, you know it.

And customers will reward you.

When the first Australian IGA took cage eggs off their shelves, effectively overnight, they were in uncharted territory. How would customers respond? Turns out, unanimously. When the good news spread, foot traffic through the door increased and store profits went up!

Help us place ALDI on the right side of history!

It’s inevitable that we will one day look back on the battery cage as one of the most shameful episodes in our species’ exploitation of animals. By committing to phase out cage eggs, ALDI could dramatically reduce animal suffering and win the gratitude of all caring Australians. They have all the reasons. Now they just need a little encouragement, from you.