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!
157,466 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 really appreciate being given the chance to be heard when it comes to this issue.
Cage systems produce cases of fatty liver haemorrhagic syndrome (FLHS) and produce higher levels of aggression, as a review into the latest science proves. Hens in cages live miserable lives, enduring diseases like osteoporosis, cannibalism and mutilated beaks.
These behaviours are important to chickens: to bathe in dust, stretch their limbs and lay eggs in peace. Despite this, caged laying hens 'live' in a space no bigger than an iPad. A recent comprehensive review of current science stated: "[a cage] denies birds the possibility of expressing their behavioural needs to roost, nest and forage, or their motivation to dust-bathe, due to an inherent lack of resources". Stopping egg laying hens from being able to do everything that is instinctual and meaningful to them leads to frustration and distress.
I think ending the use of cages would be a good idea.
When I heard on the news that this review involved secret meetings between the Government and the cage egg industry, I was apprehensive. It makes me doubt how sincere and transparent this review actually is.
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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.
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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.