RSPCA ac­cused of hi­jack­ing a sur­vey

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

THE RSPCA has been ac­cused of try­ing to hi­jack a CSIRO sur­vey on Aus­tralians’ views of the egg in­dus­try and caged-hen farm­ing.

CSIRO launched the sur­vey last month, with se­nior re­search sci­en­tist Kieren Mof­fat say­ing it wanted to “help pro­vide egg farm­ers with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of com­mu­nity at­ti­tudes, and also help com­mu­ni­ties get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the egg in­dus­try”.

The RSPCA sent the sur­vey link to its mem­bers, urg­ing them to tell the egg in­dus­try what they thought.

On so­cial me­dia plat­forms the RSPCA told its mem­bers: “We re­ally don’t need an­other sur­vey to tell us what Aus­tralians re­ally think of the egg in­dus­try and prac­tices like bat­tery cage egg farm­ing.

“But since it’s hap­pen­ing any­way, let’s make sure they hear our voices, loud and clear.

“It’s an­other chance to re­mind the egg in­dus­try that, un­til they act upon the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns, like end­ing the bat­tery cage, they will never be fully trusted or sup­ported by car­ing Aus­tralians.”

The RSPCA de­clined to com­ment.

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