Most eggs in Australia are still produced by hens confined in battery cages. Some 11 million Australian hens are suffering in these cages today.
All available animal welfare science confirms that a hen's behavioural needs cannot be met in a battery cage. These natural desires include dust-bathing, perching, foraging, stretching their wings and laying their eggs in a nest in private. The barren battery cage has been banned in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and some states of the U.S., on the basis of unacceptable cruelty.
- Victorian Government, Agriculture Victoria, 'Farmed Bird Science Review 2017'.
- World's Poultry Science Journal, 'The welfare of layer hens in cage and cage-free housing systems.'
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