Free Hens Open Letter
Open Letter

Demand a Ban on the Caging of Hens

Thank you for considering adding your name to SAFE’s open letter calling on the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor, to ban all caged hen farming systems in New Zealand.

Over 1.2 million hens are confined in colony cages in Aotearoa. These cages directly breach the Animal Welfare Act 1999 which requires that the physical, health and behavioural needs of animals be met. The overcrowded conditions of colony cages prevent hens from displaying normal patterns of behaviour and living a life free of unnecessary pain.


We are calling on Veterinary Professionals who understand the needs of hens


Our goal is to secure signatures from 500 animal health and welfare professionals in New Zealand, including Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, and Veterinary Clinics, who support a ban on the intensive confinement of hens in cages. This open letter, along with your name, will be published in the Dominion Post in October 2021. Please feel free to share the link to this open letter form within the Veterinary community.

With your help, we can put an end to the suffering of caged hens and create a kinder future for animals in New Zealand.

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