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The life of
a caged hen

34 hours of suffering:
The real cost of an egg

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH EGGS?


Hens are very social animals who like to forage for food, take dust-baths, perch, and take care of their families. Selectively bred to produce the maximum number of eggs, hens spend up to two years packed in wire cages with six other birds. The cages are so small and crowded that hens cannot even spread their wings or exhibit other natural behaviors.

BY THE NUMBERS


34
Hours Hens Suffer for One Egg in U.S.
6
Hens Crammed in Each Cage in U.S.
250 million
Male Chicks Killed Very Year in U.S.
380 million
Hens Used for Eggs in U.S.
95%
Hens Living In Battery Cages in U.S.

Beyond the Cruelty


The egg industry is detrimental to both our health and the planet.

Relevant campaigns


Hens used for their eggs suffer immensely. Animal Equality’s investigators are working in tandem with our education and corporate outreach departments to help expose cruelty, educate the public, and obtain corporate commitments to ban cages.

ACHIEVEMENTS


Through investigations and corporate outreach, Animal Equality has secured more than 60 policy commitments from corporations aimed at improving the lives of hens.

What can I do to help?