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Peaceful picket planned at Pick ‘n Pay CT HQ to demand solid commitment to using cage-free eggs

Goodhope Dlangamandla | goodhope@radioislam.co.za
30 November 2022 | 13:30 PM CAT
2 min read

Photo Credit: South Caroline Chronicle

Through the Open Wing Alliance, the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute is organising a non-violent picket at the Pick ʼn Pay corporate office in Cape Town.

They request that Pick ʼn Pay guarantee that all eggs sold are 100% cage-free by 2030. The two organisations met with the retailer last week.

A recent investigation by the Open Wing Alliance revealed that Pick ʼn Pay is supporting animal cruelty by sourcing their eggs from farms that practice cruel battery cage farming.

According to the organisation, battery cage farming is a lousy way of keeping hens. It causes suffering to millions of layers that cannot do anything natural or essential.

In an interview with Radio Islam International, SAFCEI’s Wayne du Plessis claimed that no progress had been made after several interactions with the pick-n-pay management on the inhumane practice of battery cage farming.

Du Plessis claims that the non-violent protest at Pick ʼn Pay’s corporate offices on November 30, 2022, is intended to persuade the company to commit firmly to enhancing the welfare of the egg-laying hens.

“We hope to raise the issue with the public to make sure they understand the issue. We also hope to raise the issue with some Pick ʼn Pay internal staff who might not know about this issue. It will be a peaceful demonstration to ensure the issue is at the forefront of the public and Pick ʼn Pay’s minds.”

He added that the peaceful picket also aims to ensure that all retailers in northern and Southern Africa take the pledge to go cage-free.

Listen to the interview on Your World Today with host Mufti Yusuf Moosagie and guest SAFCEI’s Wayne du Plessis.

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