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Battery Hens

Meet the Hens who Lay your Eggs

Overcrowding
Up to 80,000 hens are crammed in each shed in cages eight tiers high. They never experience sunshine, fresh air, grass under their feet or dust to bathe in.

Beak Mutilation
Hens closely confined peck each other to death from boredom so their beaks are burned off with a hot blade without pain relief.

Brittle Bones
Up to 90% of battery hens suffer broken bones from a lack of exercise, calcium depletion and rough handling. Hens now lay 320 eggs a year instead of 20 due to routine antibiotics, high protein feed and genetic selection.

Feather Loss
Battery hens suffer severe feather loss when their bodies rub against wire cages and from calcium depletion by producing hundreds of egg shells. Their claws grow so long and twisted that some wrap around the floor of the cage and trap the bird.

Premature Death
In the wild, hens live 10 years or longer, but commercial egg-laying hens live a maximum of 2 years before they are killed when their "economic productivity" declines. Male chicks only live a day before their tiny bodies are dropped into industrial blenders and liquefied.

Imagine...
You're trapped inside a packed lift on the eighth floor. You can't lay flat to sleep, your food and water are piped in and you're stuck there for a year. When others die, their bodies rot at your feet and your urine and faeces drop through a grate in the floor. There is nothing to look at..

YOU CAN HELP!

* Never buy eggs - they're loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat anyway

* Use egg replacements like 'No-Egg' in baking or Silken Tofu instead of scrambled eggs

* Contact: Animal Liberation Victoria on (03) 9531 4367

BROILER CHICKENS

'Broiler' Farms are where chickens are raised for meat. 'Broiler' chickens are different to Battery hens in that they are bred to grow as rapidly as possible. ALV have repeatedly conducted undercover investigations at broiler farms and routintely find birds who are bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their legs often collapse under their artificially enhanced weight, crippling them. Many die of starvation and dehydration because their broken legs will not carry them to food and water. They are crammed by the tens of thousands into sheds thick with ammonia fumes and forced to spend their entire lives living in their own waste. The birds routinely suffer broken bones from being grabbed by their legs and violently stuffed or thrown into crates or from being slammed into shackles upside-down at slaughterhouses. Many chickens are still conscious as their throats are slit and when they are dumped into tanks of scalding hot water to remove their feathers. To learn more, read about one of ALV's chicken meat industry investigations.

 
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