Reality TV Reaches the Battery Cage
"Anonymous for Animal Rights" activists have installed a hidden camera inside a battery cage in an egg facility in Israel. It shows – live, 24 hours a day – the extremely crowded life of three egg-laying hens in the Israeli egg industry.
Three hens are locked in a cage 40 cm long, 33 cm wide and 45 cm high. Each hen gets a tiny living space of just 440 sq/cm, less than the size of an A4 page (smaller even than their own body size). As can be seen in these images, they're surrounded from all sides by wire mesh that prevents them from stretching their wings. Throughout most of their lives they don't stand on solid ground, not to mention running, flying, foraging, dust-bathing, and other elementary natural behaviours. The hidden camera broadcasts a live journal of the daily life of hens locked in a tiny battery cage. The camera equipment was installed inside an egg facility in Israel during a complex operation run by Anonymous' investigation team. Chen Morad, who runs the "Israel Leaves the Cage" campaign for Anonymous, says: "This is a first operation of its kind in Israel, perhaps worldwide. It aims to make the walls of industrial farms transparent, allowing the public a direct view of the suffering 7 million hens have to go through each and every day of their lives. “Israel is planning to re-build the entire infrastructure of the egg industry, partially with public funds. We see it as an historic opportunity to replace the cruel battery-cage system with cage-free systems. However, the current plan of the government is to build bare cages that will allow 550 sq/cm per hen. Such cages have been banned in the EU, in California and recently in Michigan.” Last year Anonymous petitioned to the Supreme Court of Israel against the plan, and soon the Education Committee of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, will decide whether or not battery-cages should be banned according to the Israeli Animal Welfare Act. Morad: “We hope that the MP’s watch the live broadcast before the vote. This may lead them to decide that the new egg facilities, to be built soon as part of the egg industry reform, should be cage-free systems." Sign now to stop the use of battery cages in Israel!