Jess Parsons

Jess Parsons

Posted July 23, 2011

Published in Animals

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Caged chickens in New Zealand need your help - act now!

Read More: animal suffering, cages, eggs, factory farms, hens, politics

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Over three million hens in New Zealand live short and cruel lives crammed inside wire cages to produce almost 1 billion eggs. For over 20 years SAFE has campaigned to ban these battery cages. Open Rescue have bravely entered farms to document cruel conditions and rescue birds.

One ordinary New Zealander, Carl Scott, spent an entire month living in a cage to raise public awareness.

This year the Government is in the process of reviewing the Code of Welfare for Layer Hens.  But their current plan is hardly an improvement: colony cages have already been condemned internationally.

The time is now

We can make a change.  It's an election year.  Wherever you are, speak up for these young female birds and improve their terrible conditions. Even a short statement will make a difference:

“We are appalled at the treatment of layer hens in New Zealand.  Colony cages do not comply with the Animal Welfare Act; follow Switzerland’s example and ban battery cages outright.”

New Zealanders

  1. Contact your local MP - Directory of all NZ MPs
  2. Contact New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
  3. Contact New Zealand Green Party Animal Welfare Rep Sue Kedgley


  1. Contact New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
  2. Contact New Zealand Green Party Animal Welfare Rep Sue Kedgley

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For more information

Read the whole story at SAFE’s NoCages campaign.