Milne to appeal for ban on eggs
A DECADES-old battle against the cruelty inflicted on battery hens is to be taken to the floor of Tweed Shire Council's chambers next week when Greens Party Councillor Katie Milne appeals for a ban on sandwiches containing “cage” eggs.
“I see it as tantamount to being torture,” said Cr Milne yesterday of cages where battery hens are often kept by the thousands for commercial egg production.
“They have to stand on wire cages for their whole life, even when they are resting.
“I don't think they deserve that.”
Cr Milne hoped the other six councillors would agree with her when they tuck into egg sandwiches at council functions or egg dishes at council dinners – as well as during a debate on a notice of motion she has put before next Tuesday's meeting.
The motion calls on the council to adopt a policy of “not using eggs sourced from caged chickens”.
The policy would mean “all future catering arrangements will only be made with caterers who can guarantee that they use non-cage eggs” and the use of non-cage eggs would be stipulated in any future tenders relating to the supply of food to the council.
Cr Milne said 15 other councils in NSW had policies against buying cage eggs, including Byron Shire, City of Sydney, Newcastle, Parramatta and Hornsby.
However, Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase said councils should be responsible for “roads, rates and rubbish”, not eggs.
“It's not a role for councils,” he declared.
“People talk about local government being bogged down with issues that don't concern local government. This is certainly one of those issues.”
Cr Milne said the eggs issue was an example of trying to be sustainable.