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,


Who's signing

Sarah Graham
Louis Elias
Janette Gould
Steve Taylor
Claire McIvor
Betty Croumbie-Brown
Laura Chalk
Andrew McGregor
Ricci McArthur
Mary Aniol
Diana Palmer
Karen McGregor
Toni Williamson
Fiona Lam
Warren Allsopp
Ricki Kimbell
Rick Pasqualini
Elizabeth Rutter
Robin Braithwaite
Paul Crosby
Kerri O'Neill
Janet Moore
Astrid Hamann
Grant Doyle
Wendy White
Shirley Fitzgerald
Mary Kirby
Sheree Strange
Hans Vandertouw
Julie Whittlam

Will you sign?

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  • Sarah Graham
    signed 2018-02-07 07:10:49 +1100
    This is such a clear moral issue, the cruelty must stop. Please legislate to ban cruelty in the poultry industry.
  • Louis Elias
    signed 2018-02-01 16:12:28 +1100
  • Janette Gould
    signed 2018-02-01 14:16:36 +1100
    It is unthinkable in this day and age that such cruelty is sanctioned. Hens have legs and wings and lungs to breathe and should be given the space they need to walk and flap and breathe and feel the sun on their faces – in open pastures not closed away in cages so small they can’t stand properly let alone walk.
  • Steve Taylor
    signed 2018-01-31 20:18:20 +1100
  • Claire McIvor
    signed 2018-01-31 16:20:53 +1100
    Claire McIvor
  • Betty Croumbie-Brown
    signed 2018-01-30 16:54:41 +1100
  • Laura Chalk
    signed 2018-01-30 12:41:53 +1100
  • Andrew McGregor
    signed 2018-01-30 10:51:13 +1100
    Intensive farming using cages is cruel, inhumane and outdated. A civilised society cannot support such barbaric techniques.
  • Ricci McArthur
    signed 2018-01-29 19:26:14 +1100
    It’s reassuring that this is a priority area.I believe we are not fully human in a good sense if we won’t recognise the welfare needs of our fellow beings.
  • Mary Aniol
    signed 2018-01-29 18:56:50 +1100
  • Diana Palmer
    signed 2018-01-29 17:18:16 +1100
    The life of a hen right now is no life at all. Industry, government and consumers are responsible for the horror conditions of farms and slaughterhouses and this is a vital opportunity to show empathy and intelligence in changing a truly brutal and broken system. Please, do it for the hens, those beautiful gentle birds who deserve to live comfortable, natural lives.
  • Karen McGregor
    signed 2018-01-29 13:33:29 +1100
  • Toni Williamson
    signed 2018-01-29 10:52:06 +1100
    It’s not hard to keep hens and the eggs are much better quality when fresh. Stop the mass production and old eggs being sold, they just don’t taste or cook well.
  • Fiona Lam
    signed 2018-01-28 19:58:07 +1100
    I strongly support battery free hens.
  • Warren Allsopp
    signed 2018-01-28 18:37:24 +1100
  • Ricki Kimbell
    signed 2018-01-27 13:38:06 +1100
  • Rick Pasqualini
    signed 2018-01-27 10:38:00 +1100
  • Elizabeth Rutter
    signed 2018-01-27 09:58:25 +1100
  • Robin Braithwaite
    signed via 2018-01-27 09:36:05 +1100
    It’s hard to believe these barbaric practices still exist.
  • Paul Crosby
    signed via 2018-01-27 09:33:35 +1100
  • Kerri O'Neill
    signed 2018-01-26 16:43:13 +1100
  • Janet Moore
    signed 2018-01-26 16:30:48 +1100
  • Astrid Hamann
    signed 2018-01-26 16:02:43 +1100
  • Grant Doyle
    signed via 2018-01-26 15:14:56 +1100
  • Wendy White
    signed 2018-01-26 14:37:27 +1100
  • Shirley Fitzgerald
    signed 2018-01-26 14:19:16 +1100
    Yes the price of eggs may rise. Yes it will require significant industry adjustment. And yes it can be done. The alternative does not belong in a civilized country. Shirley Fitzgerald
  • Mary Kirby
    signed via 2018-01-26 12:48:40 +1100
  • Sheree Strange
    signed 2018-01-26 11:53:01 +1100
  • Hans Vandertouw
    signed 2018-01-26 11:29:42 +1100
  • Julie Whittlam
    signed 2018-01-26 11:21:39 +1100