I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact.
Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.
Hello to all you wonderful people! I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the comments and messages of support from my last few updates- it’s so amazing to see how many people truly care about the lives of this world’s wonderful animals! Once again, I’d like to share with you all an incredible event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iapwa-art-for-wildlife-tickets-50805013162 Art for Wildlife will be held on the 23rd February at the Royal Geographical Society, London, and will be a fantastic night for anyone passionate about the welfare and protection of animals. All the details, and ticket information can be found using the above link...also, I’m beyond excited to be speaking at the event about importance of engaging young people in matters of global conservation and protection.
The night will raise funds for some of IAPWA’s amazing projects including the elephant orphanage sanctuary and projects to protect highly endangered rhinos, aswell as campaigns against the canned hunting of lions and much much more! All in all it will certainly be a night to remember and I would love to see as many people there as possible! I’m really hoping to do all I can to raise awareness of the struggle faced by all of these beautiful animals (no matter what part of the world they call home) and hopefully make a difference to their lives...so there should be some exciting updates in the future! If you decide to go to the event, or if you’re interested in the organisation (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals) you can like and follow their Facebook page. As always, thank you all for your support, your kind words, and all you are doing to make a true difference! Much love, Lucy xx