United Poultry Concerns August 23, 2000
Bad News for Australian Hens
The following bad news for hens in cages emphasizes the need for groups like Action Animal Rescue Team(See http://www.upc-online.org/aart) and everyone else in the world that has any compassion for animals to break-in and rescue these hens. They won't remove the cages, so we'll remove the hens!!
From: Glenys Oogjes <animals@melbpc.org.au>

Pressure to free the chooks to escalate - Warning from the federation of animal groups, Animals Australia

Animal welfare groups were dismayed today after State and Territory Agriculture Ministers failed to improve the living conditions of egg laying hens. The decision means that hens in existing cages will not even get more space. No phase-out date was set!

The Ministerial Council (ARMCANZ) met in Brisbane today to consider a proposal for a phase out of the all-wire battery cages.

The resolutions to come from the meeting include

  • Old cages are to be scrapped by 2008
  • Newly installed cages will need to provide just 100 square cm more
  • still less than an A4 page per hen!
  • Existing battery cages will have a guaranteed lifetime of 20 years.

Animals Australia Executive Director, Glenys Oogjes, said: This is exasperating. We can only guess that the Ministers accepted at face value the inaccuracies of a desperate (caged hen) industry that is fighting to avoid change.

Those Ministers who voted to allow hens to languish in battery cages must deal with their own conscience. All day everyday these hens are denied a nest, litter, space to move around freely and must step over or move other hens even to reach the water and feeding points.

Hens will now suffer in their cages for another 20 years or more - that's 200 million individual hens.

Don't invest or you will lose it! The egg industry should be on notice that this 'non-decision' means the pressure from animal welfare groups and the community will dramatically increase. In such a climate it would be foolhardy for any financial institute to back investment in further battery cages and sheds. The cages will be banned in this country and it will be to the community's timetable, not the egg industry's timetable.

During negotiations (which broke down) the egg industry insisted over and over again that they needed 'certainty' to assist them to invest in upgraded systems. They can now be 'certain' that if they invest in all-wire battery cages they will need to scrap them very soon due to the pressure that will be exerted! If they spend money to incarcerate more hens in cages they do so at their own 'economic' peril.

Further comment: Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia Mobile: 041 431 2552 (Currently in Brisbane)

United Poultry Concerns. August 23, 2000

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(Action Alert - Bad News for Australian Hens)