Just like you do.
Australia’s cruellest farming device — the battery cage — has been under review.
This could be a breakthrough for animals. Or, it could lock in more cruelty, for decades.
Egg industry bosses have had their say: they want to keep hens in cages.
Now, it’s up to us to get help get hens out of cages.
Count me in!
159,028 kind people made submissions calling for an end to battery cage cruelty. The consultation is now closed, but you can add your name in solidarity!
My thoughts about the Animal Welfare Standards & Guidelines (Poultry) are as follows.
Caged hens are given about 26cm-across to live in (when a chicken's wingspan is more like 75cm), live with high rates of untreated fractured bones, and suffer inescapable mental distress. Hens who are injured could suffer without proper medical treatment. With so many birds on factory farms, care for individuals is difficult. All welfare laws are supposed to be reflective of research.
All the best science is telling us that, egg laying hens suffer when denied the capacity to show normal behavioural patterns. A chicken simply cannot practise fundamental behaviours, like extending limbs, when confined to a cage. We can't refuse to acknowledge this.
Multiple regions like the European Union and New Zealand listened to science and therefore deemed that battery cages should be phased out. Cages that confine hens need to be banned. We can do better than this.
Double your impact for animals by copying in your State MP. We need to reach every electorate in the country. Can you help us reach our goal?
, you’ve given animals a powerful voice today. In thanks, we’d like to give you something back. Can we send you a FREE veg starter kit — full of delicious animal-friendly recipes?
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This form allows you to send your personal public submission direct to the Poultry Code review (sent to publicconspoultry (at) animalhealthaustralia.com.au). To ensure your submission meets the requirements of the public consultation, it must be accompanied by your full name, and general contact details. Along with your personal submission, these details will be disclosed to the Poultry Code Review panel, as well as your state MP/s (if you choose to send them a copy) and state Agriculture minister.
Full details on the proposed Code can be found here for comment.
You are encouraged to edit or write your own submission by clicking "Read or Edit Submission". Just make sure it is polite and free from profanity.
Anyone can make their voice heard — you don’t need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to take action.
Please note that the content of your submission will be treated as public information, in line with the official Review process. Your submission may be published on the website of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. Statements may also be attributed to you in reports produced during the Poultry Code review process.