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!
158,646 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!
I have strong opinions about how animals are treated. I was grateful to hear that domestic poultry welfare standards are being reviewed and that the community has a say in this process.
Those people who have the authority to change laws have a duty to take scientific research into account when drafting new standards. If the review committee had looked to animal welfare science, then caged systems would be up for proper discussion. The drafted welfare standards for poultry outline that hens need to have accommodation that allows them to "stand, lie and stretch their wings and limbs and perform normal patterns of behaviour", but the changes being proposed fail to comply with this requirement. An egg laying hen can't display behaviours critical for good welfare, such as stretching, when confined to a cage. Animal Health Australia's conclusion that birds in cages have a satisfactory quality of life is not based on scientific research. Cages don't meet the basic needs of hens, and should not be endorsed.
I'm all for an end to cages.
I hope those who have the power to amend the animal welfare codes will give this the consideration it requires.
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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.