Battery hens need to stop (sloping wire floors increases egg production …
Battery hens need to stop
Stopping the Battery Hens will result in a loss of industry and more expensive eggs
There will be less caged eggs, resulting in other companies capitalising on this
61% of respondents have bought ‘free range’ or ‘humanely’ derived animal products on animal welfare grounds. Therefore the closure of Battery farms will only effect some consumers
People who worked on Battery farms will lose their job
Most practices in the Battery Hen industry are automised therefore not many jobs are lost
sloping wire floors increases egg production
Less Labour involved therefore cheaper eggs for the consumers
This leads to extreme inactivity in the hens which can cause osteoporosis, bone fractures and potentially death
Increased egg production for the company, leads to more profit
'many experience chronic pain from the development of lesions and other foot problems'
Against animal rights
"These harmful practices ignore the research" that chickens can experience feelings such as 'pain, fear, anxiety, pleasure and enjoyment.'
These practices are legal under the 'Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry'
Male chickens are executed soon after birth
Some male chicks can be used for reproduction
'male chicks are generally considered unsuitable for meat production, and accordingly, are slaughtered following hatching' Male chickens are killed because of their lack of ability to lay eggs, and lack of size
The hen's beaks are cut off in a process called debeaking. Which as it suggests is the searing off of the upper and lower beak
If the hen's beaks are seared off, than no hen can be injured by another hen physically
This causes tissue damage and nerve injury for the hens
Many companies still use this practice
As some hens participate in hen pecking, bullying and even cannibalism
Physiological stress levels are higher in birds
The chickens are kept in extremely small spaces
Other animals such as pigs are kept in the same condition
It is more cost effective for the company to put hens close together
The hens need a discrete, private and enclosed nesting space to lay their eggs
'Ian Duncan, Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, states that the most significant source of battery hen frustration is “undoubtedly the lack of nesting opportunity."'
Battery hen companies ignore this basic natural instinct (nesting) of the hens