Cheap eggs come at the cost of good welfare

19 March 2013 

The latest issue of Consumer magazine explores what effect the phase in of colony cages in place of battery cages will have on egg prices. The price of eggs has in fact kept decreasing over the last fifty years due to efficiencies gained by compromising animal welfare.  

"Statistics New Zealand figures show the price of eggs has plunged dramatically in the last 50 years. Back in 1959 a dozen eggs cost the equivalent of $10.14. You can now buy them for $3.48, around a third of the price.

Much of the reason for the plummet in price is the huge economies of scale offered by battery cages. Out of a total population of 3.3 million hens, around 80 percent are kept in these cages."

But cheap and plentiful eggs have come at a cost.

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