Nick egging people on to join food campaign

AS part of the RSPCA s Farm Animal Week, October 19-25, North Devon MP Nick Harvey has shown his support for the Simply Ask campaign. Research by the British Egg Industry Council claims 80 per cent of eggs used in restaurants, pubs and cafes still come f

AS part of the RSPCA's Farm Animal Week, October 19-25, North Devon MP Nick Harvey has shown his support for the Simply Ask campaign.

Research by the British Egg Industry Council claims 80 per cent of eggs used in restaurants, pubs and cafes still come from cruelly farmed battery hens, a trend the campaign wants to end by encouraging customers to ask about where their food is sourced.

Nick said: "I was extremely pleased to back the RSPCA's Farm Animal Week 2009 and their Simply Ask campaign. It aims to encourage people to be more assertive when eating out and ask about their food's provenance.

"The more that people ask whether their food is made from higher welfare products, the more chefs will start to use them - making a real difference to the lives of millions of hens.


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"I hope that people will 'Simply Ask' next time they are eating out. Holding restaurants to account about where they source their food is a huge step towards bringing cruel and unfairly farmed produce to an end."

The campaign is also being backed by the National Trust and some of the best known faces in the culinary world, including Raymond Blanc and Antony Worrall-Thompson.

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Restaurants are being urged to shout about their welfare credentials by signing up to Simply Ask.

Campaign intend to focus specifically on eggs in the first year and say around 80 per cent of eggs used in food products and food service are still from hens kept in battery cages, compared to about 58 per cent of whole eggs produced for retail.

It follows new research revealing that 34 per cent of consumers said they are now more likely to let farm animal welfare concerns influence what restaurant they eat in compared to five years ago.

n NICK Harvey MP at Westminster signing up to the Simply Ask campaign.

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