A scientific report prepared by RSPCA Australia examined the welfare of hens in different housing systems and concluded that the problems affecting hens in cage systems are caused by the cages themselves. To improve the welfare of layer hens, we need to get them out of cages altogether.
Hens are social creatures with good memories and the ability to make complex decisions. For hens to have a good life, they need food, water and a safe living environment; and they also need the freedom to move and make choices about when and where to nest, stretch, flap their wings, perch and dust bathe.
And yet, the first draft of Australia’s new standards for the egg industry actually recommends the continued use of these cages.