Why are hens still in cages?
Barren battery cages have long been regarded internationally as an outdated and extreme form of factory farming. Sociable animals who would normally spend their days foraging, exploring and dust-bathing are kept in stacked wire cages, crammed in with up to 5 other birds. Caged hens never feel sunlight and cannot even stretch and flap their wings. It’s a miserable existence.
The Poultry Code – which sets standards for all farmed birds – was supposed to be reviewed in 2010. But ongoing delays have not only exposed deep flaws within Australia’ s system of animal welfare regulation but the enormous influence wielded by the cage egg industry. Media exposés even exposed the corruption of this process in New South Wales, the state most opposed to banning cages.
Ultimately, public pressure has forced governments to agree to put an end date on the battery cage. But the phase-out period will last 10 to 15 years – potentially condemning more than 55 million hens to a lifetime of misery.
Hens still have a chance for freedom…
… but they need our help to fight for it. State governments can choose to ‘go it alone’ and phase out cages in their state well before the agreed end date of 2036. And there’s a strong chance they’ll listen if enough of us rise up on behalf of our feathered friends.