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.
Osteoporosis
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. People power will get them out!

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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.
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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

157,472 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!

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TO: the Poultry Code Review Panel,

The way we treat animals concerns me. Thank you for taking public feedback on board. I really appreciate it.

It's acknowledged on p12 of the drafted welfare standards for poultry that hens need to be housed in a way that allows them to "stand, lie and stretch their wings and limbs and perform normal patterns of behaviour" , but the new standards don't satisfy this requirement. Fundamental patterns of behaviour (such as stretching) are not possible in cages. Animal Health Australia's assertion that caged birds have an acceptable level of welfare is nonsensical. Caged poultry systems don't meet even the most basic behavioural needs of hens. You are duty-bound to look to scientists in developing this code, and if you had done so, then caged poultry systems would be up for proper discussion.

I'd like to see a phase out of cages.

Please know, that Australians will not accept colony or furnished cages either. I understand that countries that were using bigger cages have already decided to phase them out. It would be ridiculous to move to a system that is already being passed on elsewhere.

In colony cages, hens:

1)  can't move freely

2)  are restricted from foraging

3)  are still in a cage

4)  can't nest in private

5)  have about the same space per hen as in a battery cage

6)  are denied many behaviours important to them

Sincerely, (Your Name)
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