Lucy Gavaghan, the 14-year-old convinced the UK’s largest supermarket, Tesco to stop selling caged eggs following a 280,295-strong petition, a meeting with the retailer's bosses and stacks of media coverage.
Shoppers won’t see the eggs to leave the shelves immediately but Tesco has promise to stop selling them by 2015m saying it will only stock barn, free-range and organic eggs by that date.
Competitors Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer do not sell caged eggs and discounter Aldi also made a pledge in May to stop by 2025.
Now Lucy’s calling on Asda and Morrisons to do the same.
She told Change.org: ‘Tesco has decided to stop selling eggs, which is such an important step for achieving higher living conditions for commercial laying hens and it proves the future is free range.
'Next my plan is to target the other supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens using another petition.
‘If Morrison’s and Asda were to only sell free range eggs, the demand for caged hens’ eggs would drop enormously, thereby bringing a total ban against caged hen farming closer to reach than ever before.
‘The fact that Tesco, the biggest supermarket in Britain, have decided to stop selling caged hens’ eggs is proof that no matter how big the company, or how demanding the supply chain, the prospect of a free-range future is not impossible.’
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