SPECIAL MEDIA ALERT

THE SECRET’S OUT: Cruel colony cages finally exposed!

Watch Campbell Live7PM TONIGHT and see what the egg industry doesn’t want you to see!Tonight you will have a chance to see inside the secret facility housing the future of egg farming in New Zealand. You will be able to judge for yourself whether colony battery cages are really any improvement on the standard cruel cage for hens.SAFE has been working with Campbell Live reporter Natasha Utting since August last year, when SAFE director Hans Kriek took her on a tour around the perimeter of  the secret facility. At that time they were refused entry, despite repeated requests for a visit.

Last month activists obtained footage of these cages and they are to be screened on national television tonight, for the first time.

Hans says “I am glad that the public now has a chance to see what I have seen, and to judge for themselves what the government is planning to introduce. For me the cages represent awful suffering. There is no way these birds could express their natural behaviour in such overcrowded cages. I am looking forward to hearing if Kiwis can see any difference between these new cages and the cruel cages they are supposed to replace.”

Colony battery cages fail to properly meet the hens’ physical or behavioural needs. They provide an unacceptably restrictive amount of space per bird; severely restrict many important physical activities, including running, flying, and wing-flapping; and do not permit unrestrained perching and dustbathing.

The severe restriction of the hens’ ability to exercise is likely to lead to frustration, bone weakness, and osteoporosis – clear indicators of poor welfare. Despite the modifications, these cages are unable to provide an acceptable level of welfare for hens.

?“The welfare code review that is due to be announced has a responsibility to reduce animal suffering, not to perpetuate it far into the future,” says Hans.

TAKE ACTION FOR HENS, NOW!

HAVE YOUR SAY TONIGHT!

Email John Campbell live during the show at campbelllive@tv3.co.nz and tell him what you think of more cages!

SENDan e-card direct to the Minister responsible telling him colony battery cages are just not on!
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Thanks for your support.

Eliot Pryor, Campaign director

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