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  • 15 Oct 2018 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australians clearly care about animal welfare: our research has found 92% shoppers in Sydney considered animal welfare to be important.

    However, when we look at the distribution of market share of so-called high-welfare foods in Australia, we get a varied picture. Aussie shoppers seem to care far more about free-range eggs than the living conditions of pigs, cows and broilers (meat poultry).

    Read more here: https://theconversation.com/australians-care-about-animals-but-we-dont-buy-ethical-meat-104394

  • 05 Mar 2018 12:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You still won't find Almond Grove Turkeys in the phone book, but you might find them on the tables of New York's finest restaurants.  Murray Bridge East turkey producer John Holland shared the story of his success at Murray Bridge's monthly business breakfast last Wednesday.

    Read the full story here: https://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/5264648/almond-grove-turkeys-go-from-murray-bridge-to-new-york-city/

  • 09 Jan 2018 9:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the poultry industry, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable about hen farming than Ian Littleton.  The 66-year-old runs a 120ha poultry farm at Gulgong in NSW, called Clarendon Farm Eggs, stocking 6000 free-range Lowman chooks, and selling 1500 dozen eggs a week through wholesale and retail markets in Sydney.  In November, Ian became accredited with Humane Choice which has a stocking rate of 1500 hens/ha.

    Read the full article here:  9 January 2018 - Clarendon Farm Eggs - Free-range an ethical, profitable approach (The Weekly Times) - HC STORY.pdf  

  • 13 Nov 2017 12:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the biggest free range egg producers in New South Wales, The Free Range Project, has signed up to Humane Choice - Humane Society International's certification scheme designed to help Australian consumers make ethical choices and not be duped by false marketing.

    Read more here: http://hsi.org.au/releases/index.php/2017/11/13/the-free-range-project-makes-a-humane-choice/

  • 24 Oct 2017 6:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wool growers have alleged their industry body, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has a "toxic culture" that is holding farmers back.  A bitter divide between traditional and progressive farmers has led to allegations that AWI - a grower and taxpayer-funded marketing and research body - is not spending enough money to help farmers phase out mulesing.  Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-24/australian-wool-innovation-merriman-mccullough-senate-estimates/9075752 

  • 14 Aug 2017 12:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fair Game: What does the label on your meat packaging really mean? We examine the confusing world of animal welfare standards.

    Read more here: https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/meat-fish-and-eggs/meat/articles/buying-ethical-meat

  • 01 Aug 2017 9:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last week, egg producer Snowdale Holdings was penalised A$1 million for falsely labelling their eggs as free-range. Snowdale, one of the biggest producers in the Australian market, owns brands including Eggs by Ellah, Swan Valley Free Range, and Wanneroo Free Range.

    Humane Choice recommends a maximum of 1,500 birds per hectare. And unlike the government definition of free-range, which calls for "meaningful and regular" access to the outside, Humane Choice standards specify that hens can "forage on the land, and move untethered and uncaged".

    You can read more here: https://theconversation.com/how-to-know-what-youre-getting-when-you-buy-free-range-eggs-81675

  • 25 Jul 2017 12:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Humane Society International (HSI) is pleased that Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, one of Australia's largest egg producers, has been ordered to pay more than $1 million by WA's Federal Court for deceiving consumers over free range eggs. The company was fined $750,000 for falsely labelling some of its products free range, and has been ordered to pay an additional $300,000 in court costs. The case was brought by the ACCC following a complaint from Humane Society International in 2012 and today the Federal Court issued the record penalty.

    Read the full story here: http://hsi.org.au/releases/index.php/2017/07/25/record-fine-given-to-wa-egg-giant-following-humane-society-international-complaint/

  • 10 Jul 2017 12:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There's a picture on a tray of meat, of a cow in a paddock eating grass. From the image you might assume the animal led a life on a farm. But there is no way of knowing from the packaging how the animal was raised. It is quite possible the animal spent time in a feedlot, was fed antibiotics and given hormones.

    Read more here: http://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/news/think-youre-buying-freerange-grassfed-ethical-meat-look-closer-at-the-label-20170705-gx54ze

  • 28 Apr 2017 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Government has announced new standards for free range egg labelling, but images from inside a Government-approved "free range" egg farm may leave consumers questioning the value of the reforms. Head of Campaigns for the Humane Society International, Nicola Beynon, has accused the Government of misleading consumers over the new guidelines, which fall far short of Australia's own voluntary Model Code of Practice, as well as standards set in the UK and Europe. Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/04/27/this-is-what-the-governments-new-free-range-egg-guidelines-lo_a_22059101/

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