Since 1st January 2012 battery farming is banned in the European Union, which includes 27 countries. This means that hens raised for laying eggs now have space to turn around, nest and scratch… still in a cage, but nonetheless an improvement.
I read this short article recently by one of my favourite writers on animal issues, Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne:
Peter Singer describes how the last 40 years of animal rights campaigns have finally allowed hens some dignity. It took a long time, and it is a small step, but there has been progress.
I hope you have time to read it.
Here in Bavaria we are fortunate enough to have a lot of free-range eggs in the stores, but they are always the first to be sold out! More and more farm shops also sell organic and free-range eggs. Even though all our eggs are clearly labelled, so you can find out where they came from and when, there is still some confusion… Organic eggs are not always from free-range hens, and free-range eggs are not necessarily organic.
I would love to know what the situation is in your part of the world!