Throughout the European Union, a ban on battery cages will come into effect in 2012. Isn’t it possible for the same thing to happen here in the United States?
Cage free cities in Florida
Five locations in Florida have passed resolutions condemning the intensive farming of laying hens, and they are: Tampa, New Port Richey, Hollywood, West Palm Beach and Winter Springs.
Do laying hens have any legal protection?
There are no federal regulations regarding breeding, rearing, sale, transportation, or slaughter of chickens.
Over 90% of the 10 billion farm animals raised for food each year in the U.S. are chickens.
Farm animals have very little protection, and chickens don’t even have that.
Did you know that when an egg producer threw 40,000 live, spent hens into a wood chipper, he was not breaking the law?
When a bankrupt Florida egg producer walked away from over 200,000 laying hens, he was not charged under any anti cruelty law. The fact that over 2000 hens starved to death, and the rest had to be euthanized by the state because they were in such bad shape, did not seem to matter.
Here are 6 ways you can help end the intensive farming of laying hens:
- Buy cage free eggs. Although the standards may not be as high as in other countries, it will decrease demand for battery eggs, and send a message that the conditions that farm animals are raised in, matter. People listen when you talk with your pocketbook.
- Approach the people that run the cafeteria in your school or workplace, and ask them to consider switching to cage free eggs. If your request falls on deaf ears, circulate a petition and gather as many signatures as you can. When you speak with them again, they will see how important the issue is. If they still won’t pay attention, consider boycotting the establishment until they comply.
- Get involved on a local level by approaching local government officials and asking them to consider passing a resolution, opposing the use of battery cages in egg production.
- Write to companies that use eggs in their products, and ask them to switch to free range.
- Set up tables at local events, and hand out educational material to the public. Be sure to find out about any permission or permits you need first! For information on public outreach, please click here to learn how to get active for the animals.
- Send letters to your local papers, radio stations and tv stations, asking them to highlight the issue of factory farming.
Read about some victories for laying hens
To learn about legal protection of chickens in the U.S. and Europe
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