“Any housing condition that confines an animal to the indoors, away from the sun and the grass and the opportunity to forage and live as nature intended, is inadequate for fulfilling a hen’s natural behaviours.”
Dr Jonathan Balcombe, Animal Behaviourist
Close to three million ‘layer’ hens live short and cruel lives crammed inside wire cages to produce eggs. Eighty-two per cent of the one billion eggs consumed in New Zealand are produced by caged hens that spend their entire lives mistreated and abused.
Although battery cages are now being phased out, it does not become law until 2022. SAFE is concerned at continued hen suffering, both until this date, and in the new colony battery cages that the Government has decided to allow as the replacement.