Right now in Australia there still are more than 11 million hens confined to battery cages, nearly 70% of the total number of hens in the country.
Advances in our understanding of hen welfare have shown the harmful impacts battery cages have on layer hens, and yet the cages remain.
We need an industry-wide phase-out, backed by legislation, to end battery cages for good.
BUSINESSES ARE MAKING THE SWITCH TO CAGE-FREE
Australia’s three leading supermarkets have all made cage-free commitments. Although there are fewer cage eggs available in supermarkets, an estimated 8 in 10 eggs used in food manufacturing come from hens living in battery cages.
OTHER COUNTRIES ARE ENDING BATTERY CAGES
The importance of freeing hens from battery cages is recognised globally. Many countries, that have examined their animal welfare laws and the science on layer hen welfare, have taken steps to phase-out the battery cage. Australia is falling behind.
CONSUMERS ARE BUYING CAGE-FREE EGGS
Seven out of 10 Australians are concerned about hens in battery cages, and many consumers now purchase cage-free eggs. In fact, fresh cage-free eggs now represent the highest value to the egg industry in terms of grocery sales.