Eggs are not just for Easter

Posted 26th March 2014 11:42am by

PRESS RELEASE – 26-03-2014

Of all the symbols associated with Easter, the egg is probably the most identifiable. We are teased with images of delectable chocolate eggs; egg hunts are in demand and children are chock – full with promises of the Easter Bunny’s gifts. But The British Hen Welfare Trust is asking us to think about the commonly eaten egg a little differently this Easter.

The charity is hoping people will use this season to think about the origin of the eggs they cook and bake with. Through their work they promote a free range future for all hens and encourage the public to use only UK produced free range eggs.

In Christianity, the Easter egg is a symbol of rebirth it is said that eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter so any eggs laid that week were saved, decorated, and given to children as gifts. These eggs were hen or duck eggs decorated at home in bright colours with vegetable dye and charcoal. Nowadays most Easter eggs are mad e from chocolate and decorated in all manner of designs and flavours.

Luckily there is no such restriction on the consumption of eggs today except that the folk at the British Hen Welfare Trust ask people to consider purchasing only free range eggs. It could mean a great deal of difference to the hen who made it!

Jane Howorth, Founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust said : “We’d love people to actively choose free-range eggs when doing their shopping. As a nation we care about welfare and how our food is produced, free-range eggs offer a tasty breakfast or delicious home-baked cake – they’re such a versatile ingredient for those Easter treats!”

Once you have discovered the benefits of free range eggs why not consider the next step in supporting the charity by taking part in their pioneering campaign – Free Range Friday to help raise vital funds.

For information on Free Range Friday visit www.bhwt.org.uk/freerangefriday Click www.bhwt.org.uk like on Facebook www.facebook.com/BritishHenWelfareTrust or follow on Twitter:  @BHWTOfficial for up to date information on the charity and to find out more about rehoming hens.