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WSPA’s new North America-based campaign, launched yesterday, is putting hens back at the heart of farming. Choose Cage-Free focuses on the welfare of millions of egg-laying hens by educating consumers about the reality of how hens in cages live and empowering individuals and businesses to buy ‘cage-free’.
Caged egg production is one of the cruelest practices in modern farming.
The vast majority of eggs consumed in North America are produced by hens that live out their entire lives in small, barren cages, shared with five or six other birds. Row upon row of these cages fill dark warehouses.
Hens are intelligent and social animals. They feel pain, fear and frustration. The extraordinary levels of stress they experience on a daily basis works to suppress their immune systems and make them highly susceptible to injury, sickness and disease.
The good news is that we can send a message about how we think animals should be treated every time we buy eggs or any product made with eggs. Through Choose Cage-Free, WSPA is seeking to grow that ‘purchase power’ to protect millions of animals and promote kinder, better ways of farming.
The same is true of milk, where the industrial-style farming of cows also presents a huge welfare threat. WSPA’s EU-wide campaign to Keep Cows on Grass launched earlier in the month, working with the public and the dairy industry to ensure the cows that provide our milk have better, more natural lives.