EU Bans Battery Cages

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1, 2012, egg-laying hens across many European countries will live with fewer discomforts: The European Commission has officially implemented its ban on battery cages, the notoriously cramped cages used by many egg farmers and criticized by animal rights proponents and veterinarians who call them cruel and harmful to the birds' welfare. According to the Scotsman newspaper, replacing battery cages with more-hospitable "enriched" cages has alone cost U.K.

BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. Tags: battery hens eggs farm animal welfare Totally missed this story from about a month ago. On March 19, 2009 a company representative emailed Compassion Over Killing: "…I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010."

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Consolidation of Egg Industry

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and Canada are actively opposing battery cages. Don't think banks are the only ones gobbling each other up nowadays. So are egg corporations. Thanks to an email from Farmed Animal Net for this information. These are not farming families, folks, but corporations as powerful and ruthless as anything on Wall Street. The U.S. egg industry continues to consolidate.

The Other Side of the Egg Debate

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Hetty Alcuitas, a volunteer with Grassroots Women, said she sympathizes with the environmental and animal-rights arguments against caged chickens. But with battery eggs costing about $2 a dozen and organic free-range eggs costing between $5 and $6 a dozen, the impact of the proposed change goes beyond poultry. I am a firm supporter of reforming factory egg farming. I believe that chickens should have room to stretch and walk around.

From Today's New York Times

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It is no more acceptable to confine 60 hens for their entire lives in a cage that you report is “about the size of a Ford F-150 pickup truck’s flatbed” than it would be to treat 60 cats similarly.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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Consider some of the victories: On November 5th, 2002, more than two and a half million Floridians voted "Yes" on Amendment 10 to amend the state constitution and prohibit the use of gestation crates , narrow metal cages where breeding pigs are kept for most of their lives. A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ].

Reasons Consistently Applied

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Layer hens spend their entire lives permanently confined in battery cages with 6-9 other hens and have only half a square foot of living space per bird. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.