Eggs - Animal Equality

The life of
a caged hen

The true cost of a box of eggs

WHAT'S WRONG WITH EGGS?


Hens are very social animals who like to forage for food, take dust-baths, perch and take care of their families. Selectively bred to produce the maximum number of eggs, hens on egg farms often spend up to two years packed in wire cages with sixty other birds. The cages are so small and crowded that hens cannot even spread their wings or exhibit other natural behaviours.

BY THE NUMBERS


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36

hours hens suffer
for just one egg

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60+

hens crammed
in each cage

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20 MILLION +

male chicks killed
every year in the UK

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36 MILLION

hens used for
eggs in the UK

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~50%

of hens in the
UK live in cages

Beyond the Cruelty


The egg industry is detrimental to both our health and the planet.

Relevant campaigns


Hens used for their eggs suffer immensely. Animal Equality’s investigators are working in tandem with our education and corporate outreach departments to help expose cruelty, educate the public, and obtain corporate commitments to ban cages.

International ACHIEVEMENTS


Through investigations and corporate outreach, Animal Equality has secured more than 60 policy commitments from corporations aimed at improving the lives of hens.

What can I do to help?