Buy­ing free range eggs is not enough

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

SINCE the ban on bat­tery cages in 2012, many peo­ple be­lieve that egg-lay­ing hens are no longer kept in cages in this coun­try.

But, un­for­tu­nately, mil­lions of hens in the UK re­main in­car­cer­ated in crowded, filthy cages sim­ply to pro­duce cheap eggs.

As re­vealed in An­i­mal Aid’s latest un­der­cover film, these ‘colony cages’ of­fer lit­tle – if any – im­prove­ment on the tra­di­tional bat­tery cages they have re­placed and are al­most in­dis­tin­guish­able to the layper­son.

Around half of the eggs laid in the UK come from caged hens, and they are not just sold whole in su­per­mar­kets.

Many are used in the cater­ing in­dus­try and in pro­cessed goods such as cakes, quiches and fresh pasta, mean­ing many peo­ple are eat­ing them with­out even re­al­is­ing.

Any­one wish­ing to see An­i­mal Aid’s caged-hen footage for them­selves, or who would like in­for­ma­tion on cru­elty-free liv­ing, can visit www.an­i­malaid.org.uk or

call 01732 364546.

BEN MARTIN An­i­mal Aid

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