Together, the individual actions of ordinary New Zealanders can make a difference for each of the 3 million hens presently suffering in battery cages.
SEND AN E-CARD
Message the Minister directly and call for a ban on all cages at nocages.org.nz.
WRITE TO YOUR SUPERMARKET
There are supermarkets in New Zealand that already do not stock cage eggs, while at the other end of the spectrum some supermarkets focus promotions on cage eggs and do not clearly label cartons or shelves.
Write to your local supermarket manager asking them to work towards a phase out of cage eggs; or at the very least to clearly label. A sample letter can be found here.
LOBBY YOUR MP
Our politicians are especially sensitive to the concerns of their constituents. While it will be the Minister of Primary Industries who makes the final decision on cages, his colleagues and each political party all need to know that you will not accept the continued cruelty to hens.
DON'T BUY CAGE EGGS
Take a stand when you shop! Don't buy eggs from caged hens and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Check out SAFE's guide to what egg labels really mean.
MADE WITH BATTERY EGGS
Check the ingredients of the products you buy. If they contain eggs they are most likely from caged hens unless otherwise stated. Avoid these products and send an email to let the manufacturer know why.
Ask your local cafés and restaurants if they use battery eggs and if they do ask them to change to a less cruel alternative.
GO EGG FREE!
Check out the delicious egg-free recipes on SAFE's recipes section.
DONATE TO HELP HENS
Your donation ensures SAFE continues to campaign against battery hen cages in New Zealand. Please give generously.
WEAR YOUR SUPPORT
Buy one of our cool anti-factory farming tees. Nothing like wearing your stand against animal cruelty for all your friends to see!
ADOPT A RESCUED HEN
If you live in the Auckland or Rodney areas and would like to adopt some hens, please contact the Hen Welfare Trust to complete an adoption request.
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DEMAND THE AGRICULTURE 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!
A vegetarian in life, Elizabeth Mc Menamin, plays a young vegetarian in a new kiwi made feature film, Hook Line and Sinker. Elizabeth says...
Growing up, my godmother had hens as companions. They loved being out in the sunshine and would happily follow her around when she did the gardening.
To think that we are treating hens like this in New Zealand is really upsetting and just wrong. I support the work SAFE is doing to save these hens from a slow torturous life. Lets free the hens from their confined dark cages!