Cheap eggs in supermarkets across the globe.
But what exactly are we doing to our chickens?
Scroll down to find out.
For every human on earth, there are at least 2 living laying chickens. This does not include the many more chickens raised for meat.
If we weighed 16 billion chickens, they would come to over 32 million tonnes; That’s more than the total weight of the people in the UK!
If you were to lay each chicken wing-to-wing, you would have enough chickens to circle the earth over 325 times.
Fig.1 A Chicken.
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Why do we keep chickens?
Chickens are one of the most productive modern domestic farm animals, producing protein-rich eggs, and high quality meat.
Despite the 16 billion laying hens mentioned previously, worldwide, we consume a whopping 50 billion birds in a single year. That's 100 million tonnes of chicken meat.
A systematic effort, in farming, to achieve the maximum output at the minimum cost, regardless of the consequences.
Each hen is allocated less than an A4 sheet of paper to live in, and some cages can contain up to 80 birds. These hens do not have room to stretch, exercise, or perform any of their natural behaviours.
Because of the prison-like conditions, Hens often have the ends of their beaks removed to prevent them pecking or attacking their cell-mates. This is performed whilst the chicken is still concious, and is extremely painful.
The conditions within the farm complex will be precisely controlled to ensure maximum laying efficiency. Artificial lights simulate unnatural daylight hours, forcing the birds to lay more. Their food and water is also tightly controlled, and often must be medicated to reduce illness and disease.
CHOOSEFree-range eggs. Don’t trust anything that doesn’t explicitly state Free-range, as they will most likely be from caged hens.
ENCOURAGE Your friends and family to boycott factory farmed eggs. Share freethechicken.org with others to raise awareness.
VOCALISELet your voice be heard - get in touch with your local shops and supermarkets to let them know that factory farmed eggs are not acceptable.