There are several alternatives to the current standard production methods used in Canada. These include certified organic, free-range and free-run eggs. These are all considered CAGE-FREE alternatives. All can be found in almost any grocery store. However, since eggs produced under certified organic and animal welfare certification programs are the only eggs that come from farms audited by an independent 3rd party, they are the only eggs GUARANTEED to meet the animal welfare standards established by those programs. Click here for our comparison chart of the various certification programs, or click here to download a copy of our wallet-sized, tri-fold egg label shopping guide.
Unfortunately, almost all hens go through the same transportation and slaughter or on-farm culling procedures at the end of their productive cycle, so the only CRUELTY-FREE alternative for the hens is not to use eggs at all. There are many egg substitutes available and many easy to make egg-less recipes are available on-line. Click here for some examples.
Click here for more information on alternatives to battery cages.