Under the name of Cage-Free Greece, it informs consumers of the horrifying conditions prevailing in the production of cage-eggs and of the brutality the hens suffer in this type of farming, asking stores, companies and businesses to commit themselves to stop buying such type of eggs.
The cage-free movement began in the US and is spreading rapidly across Europe, leading more and more companies to renounce cage-eggs.
It expresses the growing consumer concern about animal husbandry conditions and is reflected in the demand for products derived from animals that are not being given antibiotics, are raised outdoors, under healthy and humane conditions, as well as in the search for alternative food models.
Whether we are interested in animal welfare, or just the quality of the eggs we consume, how laying hens are being raised should be of concern to us.
Humane rearing conditions for hens mean better quality eggs.
Why they must be abolished
Unlike the traditional chicken coops where the hens live freely in a fenced area, industrial egg production consists of long rows of cages where the hens are stacked in a space so limited that they cannot open their wings or move without trampling one another.
What does it mean to produce cage-eggs?
Each building of a spawning unit may contain tens of thousands of hens.
The living space of each hen is equivalent to a A4-sized page
The hens are standing permanently on a wire sloping floor, which hurts their feet.
They never see sunlight or go out of the cage.
Their bones are broken by the lack of sun exposure and immobility.
They lose the ability to walk.
From stress they peck and cannibalize each other.
They have their beaks cut off with a burning wire.