The NGO Equalia launches a new investigative report about the consequences of cages presence in egg production. Caged hens are not able to develop their instincts, such walking, spreading their wings or a examining their environment, due to the damage caused by overcrowding in the cages. The report also explicitly captures pests such as rats walking among the birds, and mites growing in eggs intended for human consumption.
European welfare legislation for food animals stipulates that "an animal's freedom of movement must not be restricted in such a way as to cause unnecessary suffering". It also states that "where an animal is continuously or regularly confined, it must be provided with appropriate space for its psychological and ethological needs, in accordance with accumulated experience and scientific knowledge".
European Convention for the Protection of Animals intended for Consumption
"Eggs produced in systems that demonstrate improved animal welfare have an added value, and are therefore of higher quality”.
María Villaluenga, press officer and spokesperson for Equalia