Under pressure from animal rights organizations, supermarkets, hard discounters Aldi, like other retail chains, will banish their radii range eggs in battery.
Aldi given up on the battery eggs. As part of its “international animal welfare policy,” the German giant hard discount is given nine years to make the transition to another mode of supply. The decision was taken after discussions between the sign and the Open Wing Alliance, a federation of associations of animal protection worldwide.
After Monoprix, Colruyt and Simply Market, Aldi is the fourth teaches retailers to announce the completion of the sale of battery eggs to turn to free-range eggs. July 25 is Sodexo, world leader in food service, who announced not wanting to use free range eggs in battery in the 80 countries where the Group operates. And he too had made the decision after contacts with the Open Wing Alliance. Aldi had already removed the battery eggs rays of its stores in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Johanne Mielcarek, the L214 Association (who had denounced force-feeding ducks and slaughtered animals living in different slaughterhouses in France), “this is only the beginning, this only four distributors in the territory and France is very late compared to other European countries.” L214, French partner of Open Wing Alliance, ensures that it will have no major impact on prices. A study by the association (whose name makes reference to Article L214 of the Rural Code on the respect of the living conditions of an animal) for Super U believes that the price difference is only 8 cents. This would result in an additional cost of 1.36 euro for each monthly French.
The associations denounce the treatment of hens raised in batteries. Living in darkness all their lives with only the surface area of an A4 sheet, half-plucked, and enduring severe hardships, the hens suffer from serious behavioral and physical disorders. Since 1990 in France, the share of caged hens increased from 96% to 68%, all for the benefit of outdoor rearing.