It’s time to get rid of cruel battery cages

Right now in Canada, tens of millions of laying hens are crammed into tiny wire cages, known as battery cages, producing the cheap eggs that are found on our supermarket shelves. These hens are treated as egg-laying machines, kept in windowless barns for their entire lives without ever having the opportunity to express the most natural behaviours, such as walking around, flapping their wings, scratching at the ground or laying their eggs in a nest.

Battery cages are one of the cruelest practices used in agriculture today and, due to welfare concerns, have already been completely banned across the entire European Union. The Canadian egg industry has taken a step in the right direction by passing some provincial moratoriums on the construction of new cage facilities, but producers could keep using existing cages for decades.


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