$1 Million Fine To Egg Company For Mislabeling Eggs As Free Range

Sigh… Whenever I receive stories of this nature I am of two minds as to how to approach them. Why? I’ll get into it in a moment.

Snowdale Holdings, a huge egg supplier located in Western Australia has been fined AUS $1 million for improperly mislabeling their eggs as free range.

By definition, 'free range' is a method of farming where the animals, for at least part of the day, can roam freely outdoors – instead of being confined in an enclosure for 24 hours a day.

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The fine was levied after a court investigation found that the (now closed) farms were exposed as not being in compliance with the free range standards; which found that cages were too small, and chickens were not allowed to go outside. Overall, these farms fell extremely short of the free range guidelines. But that’s nothing new considering the numerous stories we hear about animal mistreatment on factory farms.

Which gets me back to my initial point. Free range is a bogus term. It means nothing. It’s as insulting as saying someone enslaved lived a better life because they had more space to roam than another slave. Being encaged sucks – point blank, period. I read a statement that surmises my feelings about free range, humane, etc – to a tee. It read: humane for the ego, vegan for the animals. And it also makes me wonder how many other companies mislead people, as well. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this company was popped. But I’ll be ecstatic when companies like this don’t exist for fines to have be levied in the first place.

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Samara Malone
Vegr Contributor/Editor/Keeper of Bono- the world's cutest dog

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