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New investigation reveals the reality of ‘enriched’ cages

February 5, 2014

OC Comment: This is what happens when welfare supersedes abolition – the replacement of “very cruel” with “less-cruel-but-still-highly-cruel”. People believe the animals are well-cared for and, rather than adopting a vegan diet to save animals, they inaccurately believe that well-cared-for animals are okay to be consumed. Welfarism is not the solution: it perpetrates cruelty and saves no animals. Even cage-free claims are grossly overstated. Animals in these environments are impossibly crammed together and have no room to move; it is just as cruel, but the welfarists, again, rather than embracing a vegan lifestyle to save animals, instead believe that the “cage-free” animals have a cared-for existence and choose to continue committing a cruel diet. Simply, however, despite the cruel conditions animals endure prior to death, they are still SLAUGHTERED. Killing can never be humane regardless of definition, spin, or label.

Source Animal Aid

On 1st January 2012 battery cages were banned throughout the European Union. But what should have been a huge step forward in improving the lives of farmed chickens was hijacked and watered down by the farming industry. Battery cages were replaced with ‘enriched’ cages, also called ‘colony’ cages.

Two years after the battery cage ban, Animal Aid has released new undercover footage showing the reality of life for hens in so-called enriched cages in the UK, as well as a new factfile called The Battle for the Battery Cage. It charts the farming industry’s successful campaign to prevent an outright ban on the use of cages for hens.

Despite the claims of improved conditions, enriched cages provide only an additional 50cm2 of space per hen compared with traditional battery cages. This is smaller than the area of beer mat. As you will see in our film, the only enrichment provided in these cages is a scratching area, which often consists of a small piece of Astroturf that soon becomes covered in excrement. There is also a ‘nest-box’, which may simply be a screened-off area of the cage. There is no requirement to provide any form of bedding or comfort in the misleadingly named nest-box, or in any part of the cage.

Many people now believe that cramped, barren cages are a thing of the past, but they are still very much a part of modern chicken farming, with half of all eggs laid in the UK coming from hens in enriched cages*. Many of these eggs are used in everyday processed foods such as cakes, quiches and fresh pasta.

*United Kingdom Egg Statistics – Quarter 3, 2013, Defra, 7 November 2013

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enriched is just an empty word,
when the cries of the suffering
are heard!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    February 5, 2014 11:02 am

    enriched is just an empty word,
    when the cries of the suffering
    are heard!


  2. February 5, 2014 12:37 pm

    Thanks, hon, it’s perfect, I love it. 🙂


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      February 5, 2014 1:44 pm

      You are so very welcome and thank you.


  3. February 5, 2014 8:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  4. Kathleen Claire permalink
    February 6, 2014 2:29 pm

    These chickens appear to be molting. A time when they loose their feathers. They have their beaks. However, they are over crowded. This is essentially the same condition layers are in in the USA. The only difference I can see is here the chickens are debeaked.


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