She needs her space.  
Average wingspan: 75cm
She needs her space.
Just like you do.
Space afforded by cage egg farmers: 26cm
Average wingspan: 75cm
But egg industry bosses think space is a luxury hens don’t deserve.
Space afforded by cage egg farmers: 26cm
Average wingspan: 75cm
They ignored science, and squeezed millions of animals into tiny spaces like this.
Space afforded by cage egg farmers: 26cm
Average wingspan: 75cm
That’s not even enough room to spread her wings!
Space afforded by cage egg farmers: 26cm
So, for most egg-laying hens, life’s a bit like living in a straightjacket.
Cage egg farmers not only denied her space. They denied her all the things that make her happy. Like stretching, walking, exploring...
...and sunlight.
‘Life’ in a tiny cage isn’t just cruel and unnatural. It’s unhealthy, too.
80% of caged hens suffer from osteoporosis due to calcium depletion and lack of movement. SOURCE: “Welfare Implications of Avian Osteoporosis” (2004), A. B. Webster
Weak and unable to exercise, 4 in every 5 caged hens suffer a crippling disease.
SOURCE: New Scientist - ‘Secret sleep of birds revealed in brain scans’
Her only escape from this caged cruelty is in her sleep. And just like you, she dreams...
She dreams of a kinder world — of a life worth living.

Will you free her?

Generations of gentle hens have been locked in cruel & unnatural battery cages. Right now, we have a chance to get them out.

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Right now, Australia’s cruellest farming device — the battery cage — is 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, the Government is asking for feedback from people like you.
Let them have it

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality
FACT: This year alone, 7 million more chicks will be born to suffer a lifetime of cruelty in a battery cage.
FACT: hens suffer in cages.
FACT: hens are doting mothers, and have a strong desire to protect their loved ones.
FACT: these little animals have BIG personalities. Some are shy. Some are social. Some are cheeky.

Give hens some space

Join 133,336 kind people — make an urgent public submission calling for an end to battery cage cruelty.

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TO: the Poultry Code Review Panel,

I hear that the public is currently being consulted about poultry welfare standards. Here are my views.

Australia must stop caging chickens.

Every cage egg comes with an inappropriate welfare cost.

-   The most common causes of fatalities in hens in cages are bacterial diseases and viral diseases.

-   Cage egg cruelty means hens can't stand without discomfort.

The Australian chicken industry is to blame for setting up an environment that is dimly-lit, barren, and crowded, and causes chickens to suffer terribly. Because of their unnaturally rapid rate of growth and poor living conditions, chickens commonly experience fractures, starvation and dehydration.

That the new Standards suggest nothing that will improve this reality is baffling.

The following requirements must be factored into the new poultry code -

-   Making sure that birds have more space. The density of animals allowed per square metre hasn't been updated since 1983. There should be rules to prevent twenty chickens from having to share the same metre square

-   Promoting physical activity by allowing them time outside. According to science this would improve skeletal health

-   Moving towards slower-growing chickens. This would mitigate some of the major welfare complications posed by their unnatural growth rate


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