Enriched Cages?: the truth behind new 'welfare friendly' cage claims
In the third part of Viva!'s groundbreaking exposť into the UK egg industry our undercover team reveals the truth behind so-called 'enriched cages'. The barbaric battery cage system will be banned across Europe from 2012, but what is set to replace it is hardly much of an improvement. Filmed in Scotland at a gargantuan 'enriched cage' farm owned by Noble Foods, our investigation found 80 hens to a cage, birds with deformed beaks, a bullied and bleeding hen, no access to the outside and paltry environmental enrichment. Can this really be the future of egg production in the UK?
Horrifying Hatcheries: the truth about what happens to ‘unwanted’ male chicks in the British egg industry
For the first time ever in the UK, Viva! has lifted the lid on the secretive world of the egg hatchery. Our shocking investigation has just made headlines in the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Mirror and The Express and for the first time you can view the shocking reality of what happens to male chicks - whose only crime is that they are the wrong sex to lay eggs. Donate to ensure we can carry on exposing the brutal truth behind animal farming in Britain today.
Between 30-40 million of them are killed every year in Britain, by either being thrown alive into electric mincers or by being gassed in their thousands. This is a needless destruction of life to an unimaginable scale – and all to bring eggs to our tables. It happens in all egg production: from the most intensive through to organic farming.
Contented hens, pecking at the ground and enjoying a dust bathe in the sun - that's most people's view of free range egg production. They even get a ride on the back of a quad bike if you believe the TV advert.