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All but one major retailer commit to cage-free eggs

Ljubljana, 20 September - Tuš is the latest major Slovenian grocer to pledge to stop selling eggs laid by battery cage hens at its stores. The only major retail chain that has not joined the initiative yet is Mercator.

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Eggs in a shop in Slovenia
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
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Tuš committed to eliminate battery-cage eggs from own brand eggs by the end of 2020, announced the Ljubljana Animal Protection Society and the NGO Danes Je Nov Dan, who initiated the campaign.

The two NGOs collected almost 13,500 signatures between the end of March and mid-April in support of their call to retailers to scrap the sale of battery care eggs.

The petition was sent to all major retailers in the country, including Mercator, Spar Slovenija, Engrotuš, Jagros, Eurospin Eko and Rudnidis, which manages the E.Leclerc centres.

Hofer and Lidl stopped selling battery eggs last year, while Eurospin pledged to remove them by the end of August, Spar Slovenija plans to phase them out by the end of 2020, and E.Leclerc committed to stop selling such own-brand eggs by 2020 before altogether removing all battery eggs by 2025.

Only Mercator and Jager have not joined the campaign.

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