Egg shortage in New Zealand after battery cage ban |

New Zealand supermarkets have experienced a severe shortage of eggs since the start of this year after battery cages were banned from January 1 this year. As a result, the supply of eggs is much less than the demand.

The New Zealand government announced in 2012 that battery cages would be banned from 1 January 2023. At the time, 86 percent of New Zealand’s total eggs came from battery hens. At the end of last year, around 10 per cent of eggs consumed by New Zealanders came from hens laid in battery cages.

Now that the law is in place, it appears New Zealand doesn’t have enough laying hens. About 2.5 million laying hens are reared in the country. Approximately 2.8 to 2.9 million laying hens are required to meet domestic demand. According to New Zealand media.

As a result, New Zealanders have been struggling with empty egg shelves for weeks. Supermarkets report that this is causing huge disappointment among customers. Additionally, New Zealanders seek out chickens in large numbers. However, animal welfare organizations in New Zealand warn citizens not to get chickens unless they have been able to maintain them for more than a decade. The New Zealand Poultry Department has promised that the egg shortage will be resolved in a few months.

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