[20 March/Rural News Group]

According to the NZ Poultry Industry Association, law changes that require the end of battery and colony cages will cost up to $1 million for smaller farmers and up to $60 million for larger companies. Their Executive Director, Michael Brooks, said that by late 2022 all battery cages will need to be gone which will make us the only country after the EU where this has happened. In 2017 two large New Zealand supermarket chains said they would no longer take colony eggs. Mr Brooks added that one farmer said it cost $750,000 for him to put in a new colony system. He noted that he was worried about views from activists such as Safe and their power on social media, with supermarkets and with the general public was high.