[Brisbane Times - opinion]
A decision by McDonald's and Woolworths to
increase free-range egg use spells doom for animal-cruelty offenders, Ondine
In years to come, intensive "factory" farmers may look
back on Friday, August 14, as the day that marked the beginning of their
downward spiral and eventual demise.
Woolworths' decision to reduce its
product lines of battery eggs and to replace them with barn-laid and free-range
eggs was announced on Friday, followed shortly by the McDonald's resolution,
reported on Sunday, to move its Australian operation towards using free-range
These small steps might seem insignificant. However, together, they
signal a seismic shift in Australia's attitude to animal welfare.
the start of the Australian animal protection movement in the late 1970s (with
Peter Singer's groundbreaking book Animal Liberation), advocates have been
campaigning to get hens out of cages.
The decision by Woolworths and McDonald's might seem small and safe to those of
us who reject cruelty for profit but, as a famous saying goes, "A journey of
1000 miles must begin with a single step."
Ondine Sherman is a director
of animal protection institute Voiceless.