Care2 Success! No More Tiny Battery Cages For Hens In UK

Victory! The UK is finally free of cruel barren battery cages.

Last year the European Union (EU) banned the use of these tiny battery cages for hens, with EU member countries required to use “enriched” cages instead. The UK was one of 14 EU countries not to comply with this ban – until this week.

Thank you!

We want to say a big “Thank You” to the more than 4,500 Care2 activists who signed our petition asking British egg producers to stop using these cages.

From The Daily Mail:

More than 24 million egg-laying birds are kept in battery cages in the UK at any one time, producing 72 per cent of the country’s supplies.

Each wire cage allows 450sq cm – less space than an A4 sheet of paper – per bird. From 18 weeks of age she will remain for a year and will produce around 300 eggs.

The birds are routinely given medicated food to curtail the spread of disease in the cramped and hot conditions. There will routinely be four or five birds to a cage, but the conditions prevent normal behaviour, such as nest building, flapping wings, dust-bathing and perching.

At the end of their lives, the often emaciated birds are only fit only to be used in food processing.

Hens Will Now Live In “Enriched” Cages

The ban on these cages means that egg producers will replace them with so-called “enriched” cages; a bigger space, plus a nest box, a higher roof, some litter in a scratching area and a perch, about three inches from the bottom of the cage.

That still sounds excruciatingly small, but this is one step forward.

The European Commission has begun proceedings against the other 13 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

Of course, you can also make sure the eggs and the products with eggs in them that you buy are from non-cage systems. Why not buy eggs from organic, free-range hens?

Bon Appetit!

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Karina P.
Karina P.3 years ago

To release hens from cages generally!!!!!

Bartlomiej T.
Bartlomiej T.3 years ago

Wonderful news! Fingers crossed for other countries.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

One step at a time!! Now, let's get the other 13 countries on board.

Melinda K.
Past Member 3 years ago

glad to see change is possible, keep signing!

Elizabeth O.
.3 years ago

Voted: 'yes!'

Alison No messages
Alison A.3 years ago

Just to clarify, my brother does not lay eggs, he has a few hens, lol.

Alison No messages
Alison A.3 years ago

I don't remember ever buying caged hen eggs, I now only get my eggs from my brother as I don't even trust free range/organic any more, so I definitely wouldn't buy from these 'enriched' caged hens.

I am quite disgusted sometimes at the checkout, I see so many trolleys full of brand named household products (animal tested), value eggs (cruel captivity), standard milk (cattle cruelty) and many more products that have caused suffering.

People need to be educated so that these farms that profit from animal suffering go out of business because the CUSTOMERS has spoken, not the governments or the giant companies.

Joe R.
Joe R.3 years ago


Luna ButterflyMoon
Past Member 3 years ago

This is the one thing I always buy organically, budget or not, eggs!

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