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Tips For An animal-friendly Easter

Some Easter traditions and treats may have cruelty behind them

29.3.2021

Whether you’re baking, decorating or eating them, there is no denying that eggs are a huge part of the Easter season, growing in popularity and consumption every year. Everything revolves around coloured eggs, chocolate eggs, Easter biscuits or the symbol of the Easter bunny. Egg consumption rises sharply in the days around Easter, down to many families believing they cannot do without the colourful Easter eggs.

In Australia, per capita consumption rose to 247 eggs in 2019, which translates to 14.3 kilograms of egg per person, per year. That was also two eggs more than the previous year. Worldwide, egg production continues to grow: Within 10 years, it has increased by nearly 25%. The biggest egg producer by far is China with around one third of the world production, followed by the EU, USA and India, and these four produce almost 60% of the world’s eggs. This means that the top 10 egg producers account for more than 3⁄4 of the world’s egg production.

Not all eggs are produced equally as well. More than 40% of eggs consumed in Australia are still from caged hens, where chickens are unable to express their natural behaviour for their entire lives. 

Easter is fun and with a few compassionate tweaks, can be made animal-friendly.

How can I make Easter more animal-friendly?

Tips for less animal suffering in and around Easter

Dye your own 'eggs'

Dye your own 'eggs'


Animal-friendly Easter fans take advantage of the season and dye their eggs themselves - it's the only way to be sure you're not eating caged eggs. There are available 'faux' eggs too, made from plastic or ceramic! Another fun and pretty alternative without the cruelty.

Reduce, Refine, Replace

Reduce, Refine, Replace


Buy products with high animal welfare standards, gradually reduce animal products or replace them with plant-based products. Especially at Easter, there is an exciting range of delicious recipes for which no chicken has to suffer and no chick has to die. Read more.

Never gift animals

Animals are not presents


Each and every year, thousands of rabbits are bought as 'gifts' during Easter, only to be dumped later. Having a pet is a  long-term, expensive commitment, and is not a decision to be taken lightly. Why not sponsor an animal, or donate to an animal organisation instead!

Caution, chocolate!

Keep chocolate away from pets


Unfortunately, the danger of eating chocolate for pets is still being underestimated. Chocolates contain theobromine, an ingredient that can be deadly for dogs and cats. Keep the chocolate eggs and treats far out of the reach of pets!

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