The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has urged citizens not to buy chickens due to egg shortages. This comes after Taldemy data showed online auctions for chicken have jumped in half as the country continues to face egg shortages.
SPCA expert Marie Makanik stressed that people should only buy chicken if they crave it, and while the shortage is “temporary,” when it comes to keeping animals, it’s “a lifelong problem.” must be considered,” he added.
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SPCA CEO Gabby Clezy also urged New Zealanders not to buy chicken. “I think it’s a good idea, but don’t get chickens unless you can take care of them long-term. Guardian.
She added that it was surprising to discover the fact that chickens can live about 8 to 10 years and only lay eggs for the first 2 to 3 years and do not start laying eggs for several months. said. “They’re fun companion animals,” said Krezy. “Do not buy as an egg producer.”
Over 350 live chickens were captured by the SPCA in 2022. Most of them have been abandoned, surrendered or removed by inspectors from animal welfare organizations. In the same vein, Krezy said chicken abandonment has led to an increase in the bird’s popularity. He said three important rules must be followed, including providing food and water.
Concerns about the domestic egg supply escalated in the months leading up to the battery cage ban. The country’s egg producers were warning of a crisis despite a decade-old notice about the ban. New Zealand law says colony cages are allowed if they provide space for about 60 chickens and allow more space for the birds than the buttery pens.
In recent years, the country’s top supermarkets have voluntarily decided to stop selling colony eggs by 2027, although egg producers claim some farmers have already switched from batteries to colony cages. Clezy said the situation is temporary. “We will get through it,” she added.