“Choose Cage-Free” Campaign
Did you know that ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens in the US live their entire lives in small cages that they share with five or six other birds? These chickens—intelligent, social animals—cannot spread their wings or even turn around. The extraordinary level of stress they experience on a daily basis, along with their deplorable living conditions and large flock size, suppresses their immune systems and makes them highly vulnerable to infections and bacteria, including Salmonella. Eggs from cage-free hens have a lower risk of Salmonella contamination.
In recognition of the scale and intensity of the animal welfare issues presented by caged egg production, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) recently announced the launch of its new “Choose Cage-Free” campaign in the US and Canada. The campaign will educate consumers about the disturbing plight of egg-laying hens and encourage them to buy cage-free eggs.