Last chance to make a submission to free hens from battery cages once and for all.


To the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines review,

I write to ask that the Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry be amended to include a nationwide ban of battery cages and cruel farming practices including but not limited to debeaking, forced moulting, and food and water deprivation.  It is unacceptable that these animals have been condemned to a life of cruelty and exploitation just for the production of cheap eggs.  

The Australian public refuses to allow these cruelties to continue and it is time that the standards reflect that.  

Good animal welfare is a combination of physical and mental wellbeing and natural living. None of these are currently being granted to egg-laying hens. They need space to move, nest and behave naturally. 

So I ask you, please join the ACT, Europe, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada in banning the battery cage, debeaking and other cruel farming methods and help improve the lives of millions of hens all around Australia.

Kind regards,


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  • signed 2018-02-21 13:33:44 +1100
    Having studied Agriculture & Animal Husbandtry, I have viewed these cages in the Bellingen district, they are confined, cruel, stink, & a classic example of cruellity to animals, I vomited from the site &smell, its nothing short of criminal.
  • signed 2018-02-20 18:51:43 +1100
    Miranda Coulson
  • signed 2018-02-20 09:44:43 +1100
  • signed 2018-02-20 08:41:26 +1100
    I grew up with my dad having 5-8 hens moving around as they liked in a large backyard in SW Sydney. I find it disturbing to see caged hens.
  • signed 2018-02-19 20:22:26 +1100
    Suzanne Dwyer
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  • signed 2018-02-18 14:56:27 +1100
    I eat an egg for breakfast every day. Domesticated livestock serve us well, so in a civilized world, we humans at the top of the food chain could at least treat our food sources with a little decency. Imprisoned mutilated birds which peck at the adjacent cages in frustration so that they and their neighbours are denuded of their feathers and bloodied are the result of savagery, cruelty and greed.

    I expect my daily egg to come from a humane source where the birds are free to move about in the open air.
  • signed 2018-02-18 07:53:27 +1100
  • signed 2018-02-17 15:35:19 +1100
  • signed 2018-02-17 14:10:58 +1100
    Good animal welfare is important please ban battery cages and cruel farming practices.
  • signed 2018-02-17 12:15:41 +1100
    The days of the appalling practice of battery hen farming should be consigned to history along with burning heretics at the stake.Needless animal cruelty is not a sign of an advanced civilization.
  • signed 2018-02-17 10:03:02 +1100
  • signed 2018-02-17 08:44:01 +1100
    If we all payed a bit more for eggs (or any other animal based food) but consumed less per person (because we eat way too much anyway), we may just hatch open a new world of healthy and affordable sustainability…

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  • signed 2018-02-16 18:58:01 +1100
    We’ve been passionate about this for years !
  • signed 2018-02-16 18:36:52 +1100
  • signed 2018-02-16 17:54:43 +1100
    I am happy to pay more for eggs just to know that the hens have improved living conditions. What sort of society condones cruel farming methods because they are hidden out of sight from most people, it is wrong and immoral.
  • signed 2018-02-16 17:41:29 +1100