Students overturn backyard egg law
Students from a Townsville primary school in Australia
have successfully lobbied the Queensland State Government, overturning a law
that would have banned the sale of backyard eggs.
In May 2005, Safe Food Queensland
announced new government regulations that
would make it illegal to sell backyard eggs.
The students had planned to build their own chicken coop to supply organic
eggs to the school canteen for lunches, so they took matters into their own
"We went into battle against the bureaucrats in a quest for common sense,"
Year 7 student James Gough said.
"If anyone wished to sell eggs they would have to pay a fee of $421.25 a
year to meet government requirements; they must have thought everyone was as
rich as Bill Gates," James said.
Students undertook a range of activities in protest of the law. They sent
letters to local newspapers and local politicians, bringing the issue to the
Then they appealed directly to Food Safe Minister Kerry Bell. A skinned
chicken with a noose around its neck met Mr Bell when he visited the school.
James and his fellow students dressed as chickens, shouted slogans and fed the
minister egg tarts and sandwiches for lunch.
Food Safe Queensland finally cracked under the pressure, revising its plans
following the Hermit Park State School visit.
Now, the school's chooks lay up to six eggs a day, which are used to make
egg sandwiches in the canteen.
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