It is outrageous that the EU may scrap legislation that requires eggs and egg boxes to be labeled according to farming methods. All eggs ought to be free-range – and this proposal would restrict consumers ability to know what they are buying.
Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) has recently reported that the EU Commission is discussing the possibility of repealing the current law. This requires battery eggs to be labeled as “eggs from caged hens” – legislation that CiWF and many supporters of higher welfare standards fought so hard to bring about.
As a lifelong campaigner for better treatment for animals, I am concerned that this excellent law, which has been an important contributing factor in the decline in demand for ‘battery’ eggs, is under threat. It is a disgrace that international agribusiness wants to scrap this law just so that it is easier for them to profit from animal suffering.
I pledge that if I am elected to the European Parliament here in the East of England I will oppose this threat to EU labeling law – law that is essential in providing the consumer with the necessary information needed to make a considered, moral choice. I will also support the proposed ban on battery cages due to come into force in 2012 – there should be no delay in implementation.
A vote for the Green Party on 4th June 2009 is a vote against the greed of industry lobbyists in Brussels, and a vote for legislation which benefits animals and consumers alike.
Cllr. Rupert Read
Tony Juniper and Sir Jonathan Porritt talk about the value of voting Green
in the local and European elections.
They were attending the official launch of the Green party's election
campaign in the East of England region. Our lead candidate in the East of
England is Rupert Read, the party's spokesperson on public services, and a
councillor in Norwich.
Tony Juniper, former director of Friends of the Earth, and now the Green
Party's candidate for Cambridge in the next general election, said: "We
cannot continue with the high-consumption, high-pollution, resource-wasting
economy that Europe has gotten used to. We need Greens in the European
Parliament to make that happen."
Sir Jonathan Porritt is founder of Forum for the Future, a former director
of FoE, and chair of the Sustainable Development Commission. Sir Jonathan
said: "The Green Party is the only party that has consistently told the
truth about the state of the Earth, and our relationship with it, over the
last 35 years. The party's ideas remain as relevant and as radical as all
those years ago."
Go 39 minutes in to see Rupert Read debating government minister Chris Mole live on Sunday’s BBC Politics Show (link expires May 3rd).