Danes say no to battery-cage eggs, but yes to the chickens

Very few Danes prefer organic, cage-free chicken – however, according to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, demand is growing

Please make your way back to the cages (photo: iStock)
June 29th, 2016 10:45 am| by Shifa Rahaman

While Danish supermarkets Coop, Netto and Føtex have recently announced they are pulling battery-cage eggs off the shelves due to a fall in demand and concern about animal welfare, it turns out very few Danes are demanding the same standards are applied to the chickens they purchase for their dinner.

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While the trade in organic eggs has increased by 20 percent, less than 1 percent of the chickens produced for the Danish market are certified organic, reports DR.

Jes Harfeld, an assistant professor of bioethics at Aalborg University, sees the situation as somewhat of a paradox.

There is not a huge difference in animal welfare between battery hens and conventionally slaughtered chicken,” he told DR.

“Both live in conditions that are really, really terrible.”

However, according to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, the demand for organic chicken in Denmark is on the rise and will continue to grow in the future.

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