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Pancake cruelty; LETTERS.

IT'S that time of year again when we look forward to tucking into tasty pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. My favourite filling is lemon and sugar.

Many readers will be making their pancakes from scratch, hopefully choosing cage-free eggs - those labelled Freedom Food, barn, free-range or organic.

More than half of the millions of eggs laid in the UK last year were from hens not kept in cages.

It's a massive step forward for animal welfare, especially when you consider in 1995 that more than eight out of ten eggs were laid by hens kept in cruel barren battery cages.

On the downside, 16 million hens in the UK are still kept in cages with less space than an A4 sheet of paper. Many of their eggs will be used at restaurants or in ready-made meals and food such as cakes, sandwiches and ice-cream.

With Shrove Tuesday fast approaching the supermarket shelves are being stocked with batter mix and ready-made pancakes, some of which couldcontain eggs laid by hens in cages - so please shop carefully.

Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and The Co-operative all use cage-free eggs in their own brand products. Or look for the Extra Special range from Asda, The Best from Morrisons and The Finest range from Tesco which all use cage-free eggs.

ALICE CLARK, RSPCA
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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