One of these teenage girls grew up in Melbourne’s inner north and the other grew up on a farm in regional Victoria, but they have a surprising amount in common.
For one thing, Angelina Popovski and Chloe Scott are both animal lovers. They’re also the same age — 16 — and despite neither of them being old enough to vote
Since Northcote High School student Angelina met her grandma’s personality-filled chickens, she can’t bear the thought of hens being raised in “disturbing cages.”
In recent months, most major Australian supermarkets have boycotted cage eggs, but international supermarket giant Aldi was not among them.
Angelina Popovski with one of her grandma's hens. Source: Supplied
"Their beaks are deliberately cut without painkillers, some are even trampled or starve to death from neglect - and they’re crammed into tiny miserable cages, with no more space than an iPad and can barely move. Most will never see sunlight," she wrote on Change.org.
Animals Australia soon got behind her, along with more than 95,000 other Australians. Basically, Aldi customers cracked it.
"A lot of people were calling Aldi and complaining and emailing them. I wasn’t expecting that many people to help," she told Mamamia.
And it worked. Aldi announced they'll commit to selling cage-free eggs by 2025 — a deadline the RSPCA still thinks could come a little sooner.
Watch: Angelina spoke to Seven News about her victory. (Post continues after video.)
"A lot of people don’t know about the cruelty that’s happening to animals and I think if people witnessed where these animals are raised and the pain they’re going through, they’d probably change their views on factory farming and their eating habits," Angelina said.