Reading Time: < 1 minute Even cage-free animals spend most of their lives indoors in crowded spaces (Photo: Facebook)
Reading Time: < 1 minute

The Animal
Legal Defense Fund has settled in its consumer protection lawsuit against Trader
Joe’s, with the retail giant agreeing to pull misleading cage-free egg
packaging from shelves nationwide.

Misrepresentation

The
organisation filed the suit in response to the images of chickens in lush, green, open
spaces found on the packaging – which gives consumers the wrong idea about what
they’re paying for.

Even
cage-free eggs come from hens who’ve spent their lives in confined,
industrialised, indoor spaces.

Animal
Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said: “It’s important for consumers to realise
that ‘cage-free’ doesn’t mean ‘cruelty-free’.”

Regulations

Wells also
explained that an increasingly conscientious buying climate, it’s all too easy for
companies to misrepresent their products.

He said: “There’s
widespread confusion among consumers about egg labeling due to the failure of
the federal government to properly regulate egg labels.

“Unfortunately,
the lack of labeling regulations allows egg producers to mislead consumers with
undefined terms like ‘natural,’ ‘cage-free’, and ‘free range’, or with slogans
and imagery depicting idyllic scenarios that do not match the cruel reality of
life for most laying hens.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.