It was last summer that The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies started telling us about what they called the miserable, cruel life some egg-laying hens exist under, living in tiny cages, so small, the birds can’t move about or even open their wings.
If it is as bad as they say, should the egg farmers not be charged with some kind of animal cruelty? Just asking.
There is a plan to phase out these cages within 15 years. They say it’ll take that long to make and install the bigger cages. They’ll have half done within 8 years.
I admit I know little about farming eggs, so explain me why tomorrow is not a good day to just open the cages and let them run free in the farmyard?
One reason given is that the chickens might hurt themselves or each other.
Farmers with previously caged chickens would still get the eggs, although to collect them, they might have to use a little of the exercise they deny the chickens.
These bigger cages are said to be from public demand for more humane treatment, so, let me ask you this: over the next 15 years if caged chicken eggs cost $3 a dozen and the free run eggs cost $8, which carton will you actually buy?
Let me know what you think.