International and Compassion in World Farming, and are alreadybanned in Germany and Austria,” says Eliot. “NAWAC’s draft codeencourages egg producers to invest millions of dollars in changing to adifferent kind of cage, which is ludicrous when these cages are alreadybanned overseas on the grounds of cruelty,” he says.SAFE argues that colony cages, similar to existing cages, arein breach of the Animal Welfare Act as they deny the hens theopportunity to express their normal patterns of behaviour. As a result,SAFE continues to call for a ban on all cages and is urging every NewZealander to take a stand against cruelty to hens.
The average New Zealander consumes around 230 eggs annually, of whicheight eight per cent are cage eggs, with the rest being free range or barn eggs.
“Despite the six-week submission process, the most meaningfulaction each New Zealander can take is to make a conscious effort tonot buy cage eggs. It will cost more but is a cheap egg really worth thecost of animal cruelty?” says Eliot.Battery henshave a trulyhorrible life.They areforced to live inovercrowdedcages withbarely enoughspace to turn around and theynever see the sunlight. It is a highlystressful, completely unnaturallife that they are forced to lead.If you purchase eggs farmedin this way, you are endorsingand encouraging this inhumanepractice. Please help stop batteryfarming by never buying batteryfarmed eggs. ANTONIA PREBBLEaward-winning actor (
Just because wehave the powerto take controland manipulateliving creatures – does it meanwe have to?Does it meanwe should take away their freedom,their right to enjoy and inhabitthis earth as we do? No, yet welet it happen. We ask for cheaperproducts, we purchase caged heneggs. We are part of this unethicaland cruel behaviour and we canstop it. Support SAFE and say no tobattery hen farming. Surely, we arebetter than that!
Down Size Me
TV presenter and personal trainer
Factory farmingis a cruel andinhumanepractice. Henslive horriblelives in horriﬁcconditions. Wehelped the pigs.Now it’s time to help the hensand eradicate factory farming inNew Zealand forever. Speak up.Your voice will make a difference.LISA CHAPPELL singer/songwriter andaward-winning actor (
The Cult, McLeod’s Daughters
)The use of battery cagesis an appallingpractice thatsimply muststop. We asa community have to draw theline and say NO to the cruel andabhorrent treatment of hens. Ican’t believe that, in this day andage, we subject animals to suchblatant abuse. Please get behindthis campaign... this practice stopswith you and me.MATT MINTOstage andscreen actor (
SAFE information stalls willsoon feature impressive life-sized battery hen cage modelscomplete with life-like modelchickens! The replica cages havebeen designed by the creators of the sow stall models used duringthe LovePigs campaign.“These exciting new modelswill offer consumers a convincingand realistic inside look at a cageand show just how restrictiveand cruel these systems are,” sayscampaign director Eliot Pryor.
Auckland and Wellingtonmotorists will soon see strikingnew six and twelve-metre-longNoCages billboards askingpeople to not buy cage eggs. Thetwo-month campaign has beengenerously sponsored by Lushbeauty products. Thanks, Lush!
Ready to take the
challenge to collect as manysubmissions as possible? SAFE isencouraging supporters to getout and rufﬂe feathers or shakethat booty for the hens! Thiscould be anything from donninga chicken costume for twenty-four hours or setting up aninformation stall at your local mallor market, to entering a fun rundressed as a chicken, or just noteating eggs for a month! C’mon,we double-dare you!For more info:safe.org.nz/chicken-challenge/
TAKE ACTON FOR HENS
SIGN YOUR SUBMISSION
postcard or ecard and send it tothe Prime Minister, asking him to ban cages. Sign:nocages.org.nz
MAKE A DONATION
towardsSAFE’s ‘Battery hens suffer’ televisionadvertisements. Your ﬁnancial support willmean we can reach nearly every living roomwith an appeal to stop buying cage eggs.Donate:safe.org.nz/Donate/
WRITE YOUR OWN
detailed submission in support of a ban.Submissions close 25 March 2011.Info:safe.org.nz/Campaigns/Battery-hens/
LOBBY YOUR MP
It’s election year so we must make surethe issue continues to be hotly debated in Parliament. Ask yourlocal politician about their position on caged hens!
SPREAD THE WORD
among yourfriends and family. Email to order morepostcards to give to friends now!Emailresources@safe.org.nz.
DON’T BUY CAGE EGGS!
The most immediate and effectiveway to send a message to battery eggfarmers is by not ﬁnancially supportingcruel production methods.
Not eating eggs is the most effectiveway to help hens. Try our egg-free ideas!Recipes:safe.org.nz/recipes/