Hour after hour, day after day, a gentle hen stands on the wire floor of a cage. Confined with several other hens, she's unable to stretch her wings, dustbathe, make a nest or even see the sky. When she's 18 months old she'll be 'spent' and sent to slaughter.
Now, after years of delays, finally this year State and Federal agriculture ministers are due to announce the updated Standards for how laying hens and other farmed birds can legally be treated.
Following the biggest public consultation in Australia's history, where caring Australians overwhelmingly demanded change for hens, there's a possibility of a phase out of battery cages.
Unsurprisingly, the industry that has fought to keep hens confined to cages seems to be having one more go to resist change in line with community expectations and animal welfare science.
We won't repeat the full detail of the 'information' they've apparently been sending MPs, but safe to say, here's key information about battery cages and egg production:
Use this form now to send an instant message to your state Member of Parliament, ensuring they are FULLY informed on battery cages and what they mean for hens — and calling for a ban on cages altogether.