Legislative Action to Help Hens in Arizona
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The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently considering a new rule to improve the lives of hens in the egg industry. This proposed regulation would implement critical minimum standards for housing these sensitive, emotionally complex animals. Specifically, the rule would prohibit the extreme overcrowding that is currently common in the egg industry and would also outlaw the use of cruel cages. The rule would also ensure that eggs sold in Arizona come from operations that meet these modest standards, no matter where they are produced.
If you live in Arizona, please use the form below to ask the Department of Agriculture to spare millions of hens from cages!
A LIFE OF CONFINEMENT
Most of the eggs currently sold in Arizona come from industrial factory farms that confine hens in extraordinarily small spaces, often in barren wire cages. A hen confined in such a manner suffers from extreme pain, psychological stress from overcrowding, and even feather-pecking and cannibalism by other hens. The practice of confining these animals in such abysmal conditions is motivated by profit, not animal welfare.
Hens raised in battery cages (i.e., the vast majority of hens in the egg industry presently) live their entire lives in a space no larger than the surface of an iPad; they are unable to engage in any natural behaviors like flapping their wings, walking, perching, dustbathing, or laying eggs in nest boxes. The physical and psychological torment caused by these conditions is obvious to anyone, and animal welfare experts agree.
This proposed rule change is an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of birds! If you live in Arizona, please reach out to your state elected official today using the form above and ask them to support this important legislation to help animals.
CAGES ARE NEVER HUMANE
If you’d like to learn more about why cages of any size are so problematic, check out Animal Equality’s recent investigation of a major egg producer that is using so-called “enriched” cages. You’ll see why commercial cages of any kind can never be humane.
Photo credit: Andrew Skowon/Open Cages