Protest calls for better chicken welfare
PUBLISHED: 12:32 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010
Animal welfare protestors have slammed the Tesco branch in Axminster for selling eggs from battery caged hens. As part of a nationwide campaign, the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) charity demonstrated outside the supermarket last Thursday.
Animal welfare protestors have slammed the Tesco branch in Axminster for selling eggs from battery caged hens.As part of a nationwide campaign, the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) charity demonstrated outside the supermarket last Thursday, chanting "Stop being rotten to chickens" and shouting demands for free-range eggs.A letter was handed to store manager Gary Wills advocating better animal welfare policies. At the same time, protesters tried to better educate customers with free Compassionate Shopping guides.Mr Wills said: "I don't think Tesco is trying to stop anybody's choice. But, if these people can educate customers on their choice, why not?"CIWF campaigns officer Eloise Shavelar said: "Tesco competitors Sainsbury's and the Co-op are taking the welfare of chickens seriously by pledging to improve their standards for chickens and by stopping selling eggs from caged hens. Yet Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket, is still refusing to budge.""EU laws, banning the barren battery cage, are due to come into force by 2012, so why does Tesco continue to support a system which has been recognised as cruel, not only by science, but also by law?"As Tesco needs 3.5 million hens to supply eggs for their stores each year, CIWF believes a cage-free commitment from them would be particularly far reaching in the fight against factory farming.Vashti Manley, of Raymonds Hill, said: "I think it's marvellous.