Lochlan’s cage eggs war

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

AT just 11 years old, Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent Lochlan Bar­rett has hit the ground run­ning on his mis­sion to ban caged eggs in Aus­tralia.

The Year 6 stu­dent is the brains be­hind a pe­ti­tion ad­dressed to the Prime Min­is­ter that called for the im­me­di­ate ban of caged eggs in the coun­try.

“I found out about this is­sue while re­search­ing ideas on how to make a dif­fer­ence in my com­mu­nity for my PEAC project,” Lochlan said.

“The most shock­ing things I learnt about the egg in­dus­try was the crush­ing or gassing of one-day old male chicks and the de-beaking of hens.”

With his new-found dis­cov­er­ies about the mis­treat­ment of chick­ens, Lochlan said he needed to make a change.

“I be­lieve the treat­ment of chick­ens is in­hu­mane and we should stop the aw­ful prac­tice,” he said.

“There are over 11 mil­lion caged hens in Aus­tralia in small cages with two to seven hens.

“Hens should be able to live a life as close to nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble, they need to be able to walk around, stretch their wings and more.”

The pe­ti­tion is just the be­gin­ning for the young ac­tivist. Lochlan said he al­ready had plans to start more pe­ti­tions and write to or­gan­i­sa­tions about caged eggs.

“I want to write to the RSPCA and ask them to re­view their po­si­tion on de­beaking hens, as it is not pro­hib­ited un­der their sys­tem,” he said. “And I want to lead by ex­am­ple and never eat caged eggs.

“I would like to adopt a res­cued bat­tery hen or two.”

Sign the pe­ti­tion at www.change.org/p/aus­tralian-gov­ern­ment-wake-up­aus­tralia-ban-caged-eggsnow.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456523

Crack­ing on: Lochlan Bar­rett is pe­ti­tion­ing the Prime Min­is­ter for a ban on caged eggs.

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