Council in free-range egg debate

A BID by Tweed Shire Greens Party councillor Katie Milne to have the council make a stand for animal liberation when it orders egg sandwiches for council functions has cracked.

Despite several other councillors declaring they only use free-range eggs, four of the seven councillors this week declined to rule that only eggs from non-caged chickens make their way into council sandwiches or dinners.

Cr Milne appealed for the ban saying keeping hens in cages was “tantamount to torture”.

But Cr Dot Holdom said the council already used free-range eggs – information she had sourced from the caterers.

“I only buy free range eggs,” said Cr Joan van Lieshout before adding: “If you stipulate this it may not be possible on a particular day to get free range eggs.”

Cr Barry Longland declared he found the move “difficult not to support” as he also used only non-cage eggs.

But the discussion did not impress deputy mayor Phil Youngblutt.

“What about fish?” he asked. “It’s to the choice of the individual. It’s not for the council. This is idiotic.” Only Cr Milne, Longland and van Lieshout supported the ban.



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