Demand supermarkets to use CSIRO free range standards on 'free range' eggs

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Definitions of ‘free-range’ vary between different egg producers.

The government's voluntary standard for free-range allows producers to pack 10,000 hens into a hectare, compared with the CSIRO's (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) model code of 1500. Supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths 'Free Range' branded eggs use this voluntary standard of 10,000 hens per hectare. 

Conditions in these so called 'free range' farms are that of battery hens with small confined spaces and most hens spending their life in filth until they can no longer produce eggs are are sent to slaughter or dumped in mass graves. 

Not only are conditions far from 'free range' the farms often house battery chickens in neighbouring sheds with as many as one in six 'free range' branded eggs actually being from a battery cage hen.

I propose that we demand true free range from supermarkets by getting them to adhere to CSIRO's maximum standard of 1,500 hens per hectare giving the hens a better quality of life while also providing better eggs for consumer.