Egg-laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on the planet. A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation exposes the dark underbelly of the Canadian egg industry. Despite the fact that Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the use of cages in egg production, the vast majority of egg-laying hens are crammed in cages for nearly their entire lives. They can’t even walk without stepping on other birds. Their feet ache from standing on metal wire. Dead birds are left to rot in cages alongside hens still laying eggs destined for your breakfast plate. This is blatant animal abuse. It’s time to end it.

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Dear National Farm Animal Care Council:

Please update the Code of Practice for poultry-layers to advise egg farmers to stop confining hens in cages.

I just saw video footage of horrific animal abuse at a Gray Ridge Egg Farms facility in Ontario. What I saw made me sick to my stomach: hens suffering from open wounds, bleeding prolapses, and extreme feather loss; dead birds rotting in cages with live birds still laying eggs for human consumption; and hundreds of thousands of hens crammed in cages.

Caging hens is so cruel that nearly every major Canadian food retailer and restaurant chain, Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys, and Walmart, have pledged to switch to cage-free eggs.

A recent survey shows the vast majority of Canadians believe cramming hens into cages is unacceptable and support laws banning the use of cages in egg production.

It’s never been clearer that confining hens in cages has no place in civilized society.

Please act quickly to update the Codes of Practice and advise egg farmers to stop stuffing hens into cages.


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Eggstreme Cruelty and Neglect

A Lifetime in a Cage

Thousands of hens crammed inside cages and unable to freely walk, spread their wings, or rest comfortably

Trapped and Trampled

Birds trapped in cage wire or under feed troughs, trampled by their cage mates and unable to reach food and water

Rotting Corpses

Dead birds rotted beyond recognition left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption

Lack of Care

Birds with swollen eyes, bleeding prolapses, extreme feather loss, and other serious afflictions denied proper veterinary care

Life Inside a Cage

Take a 360-degree look inside a battery cage at Gray Ridge Egg Farms. Is an egg for breakfast worth a lifetime of misery for a hen in a cage like this?

The best way for individual consumers to help end this cruelty is to leave animals off their plates.