“The Good Egg Award winners are abandoning eggs from battery cages in all sorts of products. From cakes to confectionary to mayonnaise, consumers looking for ethical eggs will finally be able to make that choice,” said Joanna Lumley who is fronting the campaign for Compassion in World Farming.
Award winners this year will effectively release over 10 million hens from cages, double the number released by Good Egg Award winners’ commitments last year. The awards have been set up by animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming to celebrate companies ditching the battery cage egg in favour of eggs from free-range or barn kept hens.
“These awards make it clear that the food business is turning its back on battery cages,” said CIWF chief executive, Philip Lymbery.
In contrast, retailer Tesco received the “2008 Rotten Egg Award” for failing to make a commitment to rid its shelves of battery cage eggs, he said.