Today is Giving Tuesday in Canada and we’re hoping that we can count on you to help us change the fate of egg laying hens in Canada.
Currently more than 90% of Canada’s 20 million egg-laying hens are confined in small inhumane housing, called battery cages.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is back at the negotiating table with poultry farmers and fighting to bring about cage-free farming for laying hens across Canada and eliminating intensive confinement.
Hens kept in conventional battery cages are physically uncomfortable experiencing chronic pain from injuries to their feet caused by standing on the wire floor of the cages. They also live with severe frustration because the cages are too small to allow them to express natural behaviours. This lack of exercise makes their bones weak and brittle, so they are susceptible to painful fractures of the wings and legs when they are pulled from the cages at the end of their laying cycle. After just one year of laying eggs, a hen’s egg production declines, as does the quality of the egg shell and contents, and the hen is considered “spent”. On most farms in Canada, one-year-old hens are taken to slaughter. As such, a hen’s life span on-farm is much shorter than her natural life expectancy of 5 – 11 years.
We must continue to advocate for the humane treatment of egg laying hens. They shouldn’t have to suffer to provide us with eggs and meat. Thank you for your support and please help us stay at the table to hold industry accountable for treating egg laying hens humanely.
It’s Giving Tuesday in Canada, and we want you to help change the lives of egg-laying hens in Canada.
This release was provided by The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies