THE ‘PERFECT' CAGE?
Colony cages are the proposed replacement for battery cages but still breach the law (Animal Welfare Act) as they do not allow the hens to express their normal behaviour. They have the same basic welfare problems associated with farming hens in cages.
JOIN THE NOCAGES CAMPAIGN!
Over three million layer hens live short and cruel lives crammed inside wire cages to produce eggs. Nearly 90 per cent of the one billion eggs consumed in New Zealand are produced by caged hens that spend their entire lives mistreated and abused. Since 1995 the average New Zealander has increased their egg consumption by three-dozen eggs per year totaling a whopping 230 eggs per person, per year - the majority of which are cage eggs!
This year is a crucial time for hens and for each of us to make known to the government, MPs, retailers, and the egg industry that hens deserve better.
PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR NO CAGES
According to recently released poll results the public have stated clearly that they prefer not to purchase cage eggs. The comprehensive opinion poll, commissioned by SAFE, confirmed there is consensus across all sectors of the population that battery hen cages should be banned, with 85 per cent supporting the phase out of cages within five years.
For over 20 years SAFE has campaigned to ban battery cages, being the first group to raise the issue way back in 1987. While as a result public awareness has risen and the free range market is growing, the life of a caged hen is still as miserable as ever. While other countries have already phased out battery cages, New Zealand has a shameful record of stalling progress.
The NoCages campaign has a simple message - no animal deserves to spend their life in a cage.
Code review a chance for change?
The Government is in the process of reviewing the Code of Welfare for Layer Hens, which will determine the conditions layer hens live in for decades to come. Over 33,000 public submissions were received, in addition to the major animal welfare groups in the country, stating that any kind of cage farming is inhumane.
Unfortunately, while it is acknowledged that battery cages fail to meet the behavioural needs of hens, the draft code recommends the introduction of a new type of cage, the colony battery cage system.
DEMAND THE MINISTER BAN CAGES
If you are shocked by the images of hens suffering in the new colony battery hen cages, now is the time to act! Please tell David Carter, the Minister for Primary Industries, that you want to see an end to all cruel cage systems. In doing so, you will also be reminding him that animal welfare is an important issue. Send your ecard now!
What next? If you've sent a NoCages ecard click here.
Recently-retired Green Party MP and animal welfare advocate Sue Kedgely, says. . .
We have succeeded in getting the sow crate phased out. Now we must get rid of the battery hen cage. It is intolerable and a blot of our society that millions of hens are imprisoned in cages where they are continuously stressed and cannot even stretch their wings.We cannot allow this cruelty to continue. We have a duty to protect all animals and ensure they do not suffer in this way.We can end this cruelty by demanding that the government phase out the battery hen cage.