Stop Confining Hens to Torturous, Tiny “Battery Cages”

Target: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

Goal: Ban the practice of keeping hens in cages too small to spread their wings or engage in natural behaviors.

Billions of eggs are eaten every year in the United States alone. While this is not bad in and of itself, most hens in the US are confined to small, wire-framed battery cages. On average, each laying hen is given only 67 square inches of cage space; less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper to live her entire life. Unable to spread their wings, caged laying hens are the most intensively confined animals in the entire agricultural business. They suffer from the lack of many natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and dustbathing, all acts important for the animals’ welfare.

As one scientist, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Konrad Lorenz said, “The worst torture to which a battery hen is exposed is the inability to retire somewhere for the laying act. For the person who knows something about animals, it is truly heart-rending to watch how a chicken tries, again and again, to crawl beneath her fellow cage mates to search there in vain for cover.”

These animals suffer from brittle bones and bone fractures, as well as foot problems and feather loss due to restrictive environments and wire floors.  Hens in battery cages also have been found to have high rates of a condition that causes liver rupture and death, due mainly to stress and lack of exercise.

While moving to cage-free hens does not equate to cruelty-free, cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings, and lay their eggs in nests, vital and natural behavior. While they are still killed young and male chickens are killed at birth, enforcing cage-free farms will drastically improve the lives and welfare of laying hens.

Sign below and demand that hens are given this very basic right to comfort and health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

As states continue to outlaw the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens, it is important that the US takes a federal stance against the horrific conditions caused by the practice. Most hens in America are given less than 67 square inches of cage space in which to live their entire lives, unable to even spread their wings. These animals are unable to engage in natural practices like nesting, perching, or dustbathing; they also suffer from brittle bones, fractures, foot problems, and feather loss from the tight spaces and wire floors that they are forced to walk on.

It is time to move to cage-free eggs on a federal level. While this does not equate to cruelty-free as there are several other practices that harm hens, it will improve the lives and welfare of the animals by leaps and bounds.

Please, save the millions of chickens suffering in battery cages.

Sincerely, 

[Your Name Here]

Photo By: Compassion Over Killing


43 Comments

  1. Shawna Flottemesch says:

    Cage humans like this and it will change… I wish I could kill off the whole human race

    • There was a time on this planet, when humans treated animals humanely and thanked them for their sacrifice so that we might eat and not go hungry. Now, everything revolves around greed and maximizing profits, and to hell with whatever pain and suffering it causes.

      • Julia Edinger says:

        No you are wrong!! There was MORE INHUMANE TREATMENT BACK THEN!!! STILL EXIST BUT GOTTEN BETTER…. NEED TO SIGN THESE PETITIONS TO KEEP SAVING ANIAML’S everywhere!!!

        • No Julia you’re wrong. My great grandfather is Native Indian and worked the land , meaning planted, and grew his own crops for his family, sold and trade at markets. He also raised some animals, along with free range animals that were not mass produced, then the large factory farming began some 100 years later with greed and corruption and horrific treatment of animals. Go vegan period if evryone does care about animals and the planet, or raise your own, and live off what you grow period.

    • Joyce O'Malley says:

      I agree! Human greed controls our society!! Chickens and all factory farm animals suffer for human greed!! Stop torturing and killing animals for human consumption!!

  2. Maria Bertrand says:

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

    All these hens have been living in horrific conditions for ions and this should NEVER have been the case! No creature should be treated so abominably!!! They provide humans with eggs and this is how they are treated. What the!!!!?????

    IMMEDIATELY outlaw the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens….IT IS TIME FOR CAGE FREE, FREE RUN …AND REALLY DO IT!!!!! PLEASE NO CREATURE DESERVES ALL THESE TORTURES AN ANGUISH WITH SUCH A HORRIFICALLY SAD EXISTENCE!!!!!

  3. I thought this horrible senseless practice had already been stopped!! It needs to end this horrible debilitating practice now!!!!

  4. Dolores Proubasta says:

    Let’s be a civilized nation and treat our animal kin with the consideration they deserve. Battery cages, gestation crates, shackles … al instruments of torture that should be relegated to the dark ages.

  5. HORRIFIC AND DISGUSTING!!!!

  6. PUT FUCKING HUMANS IN THERE!

  7. Yup, do the same to humans, same with the pig gestation crates. Who can sleep when doing these hideous things?

  8. Pamela Levernier says:

    I only buy eggs from family run farms. You abuse hens, I vote with my wallet! I will pay a little more for eggs laid by HEALTHY, HAPPY hens!

  9. JoAnne M Caravella says:

    I TRULY AGREE WITH ALL OF YOU. THERE IS WAY TOOO MUCH TORTURE AND HIDEOUS CONFINEMENT TO OUR POOR ANIMALS THAT PROVIDE THE FUCKING (MOSTLY FAT IN THIS COUNTRY) HUMANS OR I SHOULDTELL THE TRUTH FUCKING IN-HUMANE WITH FOOD!!! MAYBE IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER THAT ALL THESE ANGUISH ANIMALS DIE AND THEN SEE WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO EAT MEAT AND EGGS?? LET THEM ALL EAT FUCKING PLANTS. MAYBE ONLY THEN THESE FARMERS WOULD APPRECIATE ANIMALS MORE THAN THEIR GOD DAMN MONEY!!!

  10. I’d like to stick those humans in those tiny cages

  11. ANIMALS GET SICK, GET DEPRESSED AND DO NOT LIVE LONG WHEN THEY ARE CONFINED TO LIVING IN CAGES. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL WAY FOR ANY ANIMAL TO LIVE. ALL ANIMALS NEED ROOM TO WALK AND RUN, TO GET FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE. THIS CONFINING OF ANIMALS IS WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE.

  12. Therese Kutscheid says:

    It makes me sad and angry to read those articles about unfortunate animals. Why in all the world is something like that permitted by law?

  13. STOP TORTURING ALL LAYING HENS IMMEDIATELY!!!

  14. You should of ban battery cages in your first term, Vilsack!
    Animal cruelty, such as this, are prime components for pandemics and climate change. Due your job and end this shit already!

  15. Mary Ann Sorokie says:

    This shouldn’t be happening ….such torture for these poo r hens…

  16. Shirley Lemieux says:

    It is truly baffling that the very people who are in authority within our Government to end these practices, are the very people who turn a blind eye to it. This cruelty and abuse should have ended years ago. It seems to be that the only way to make such changes would be to enclose humans in a cage with standing room only for weeks and see how they like it.

  17. STOP TORTURING & KILLING ANIMALS!!!

  18. No Julia you’re wrong. My great grandfather was Native Indian and worked the land, meaning planted, and grew his own crops for his family, sold and trade at markets. He also raised some animals,free range animals that were not mass produced, then the large factory farming began some 100 years later with greed and corruption and horrific treatment of animals. Go vegan period if everyone does care about animals and the planet, or raise your own, and live off what you grow period.

  19. TRULY want to change the cruelty to food animals?
    STOP EATING THEM.

    PLENTY of plant-based choice today – better for them, better for you and better for the planet.
    Delicious too.

    Also – have only one or two kids (none is even better) and stop overcrowding this world; it is unsustainable.

    YES, it will take drastic change to regain the planet’s equilibrium and make things better.

  20. Go vegan. No, it isn’t easy to do but if I can do it so can you.

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