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