Think of the hens this Pan­cake Day

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

IT’S Pan­cake Day this week and I can’t wait to tuck into my all time favourite treat, rolled pancakes stuffed with choco­late ice-cream – not for­get­ting a sprin­kling of sugar and a driz­zle of lemon of course.

But as well as con­sid­er­ing whether to go savoury or sweet this year, I ask your read­ers to also think about the eggs that go into their pan­cake mix and, more im­por­tantly, the 36 mil­lion hens in the UK that do the im­por­tant job of lay­ing them.

More of us are choos­ing higher wel­fare barn and free-range eggs than ever be­fore which is fan­tas­tic. But many peo­ple don’t re­alise that around half of all eggs laid in the UK still come from hens kept in cages, where they don’t have enough room to carry out many im­por­tant nat­u­ral be­hav­iours like flap­ping their wings.

The good news is we can all do our bit to help by onl y choos­ing barn and free-range eggs, and prefer­ably ones with the RSPCA’s Free­dom Food la­bel. This means the eggs have come from farms in­spected to the RSPCA’s wel­fare stan­dards.

So what­ever you de­cide to fill your pancakes with on Shrove Tues­day, please help our hens by mak­ing your pan­cake a higher wel­fare one.

MIA FERNY­HOUGH RSPCA wel­fare sci­en­tist

South­wa­ter

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