Campbell Live's exclusive look at NZ's new hen cages
Mon, 19 Mar 2012 7:00p.m.
The European Union has banned standard battery hen cages and New Zealand is following suit.
New Zealand’s replacement will be “enriched” colony cages, which feature improvements like perches and a scratching mat.
The replacement cages are expected to be signed off by Biosecurity Minister David Carter by the middle of the year.
It is estimated the upgrade will cost egg farmers $150 million.
Animal welfare groups, including the SPCA, say it is a waste of time and money.
The egg industry has refused every request by media including numerous attempts by Campbell Live to visit the trial of the colony cage system. But Campbell Live has received undercover footage of the cages.
Watch the video to see Natasha Utting’s exclusive report.
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26/06/2012 2:51:05 p.m.
Please, its a no brainer to know that all these poultry/farming industry only exist for ONE purpose - money. So, CONSUMERS - cage or no cage ? the choice is yours !
5/06/2012 9:29:57 p.m.
good on Campbell live with getting behind this disgusting issue..it shows how appalling some poultry farmers are..the so called colony cages is no difference from battery hen cages..c'mon how dumb can people get?..these poor hens are living a terrible life behind cages..imagine if your kids were kept behind cages at kindergarten, with the teachers taking all profit
10/04/2012 3:09:32 p.m.
Excellent item. Campbell Live generaly does a good job standing up for those who've had any ability of standing up for themselves removed. For those who complain the footage was gained illegaly, well the industry certainly won't show what goes on in their concentation barns. How else is the truth of what goes on in these places going to be exposed? Cruelty to a hen is no different to crueltyto a dog or a cat or a human. We are all animals and we have all evolved together on this planet. People who run these places are NOT farmers, they are industrialists who treat animals as machines. There's really only one answer, and that is don't eat eggs. They're not required for any health of dietry reasons. People only consume them because it's become traditional to do so. As far as the possibility of these so-called farmers and farm workers losing there jobs, well, there are many more thousands of public service workers losing theres, and I don't hear farmers sobing about that. If it means this barbaric treatment of animals comes to an end, so be it. Get over it.
29/03/2012 3:16:33 p.m.
Sadly the only way to get footage from factory farms is to do it undercover (or illegally). I don't know of many farms willing to let their farms be filmed - wonder why??? As for animals cannibalizing - they do this when under stress - imagine yourself kept in a room the size of a closet with 4 or 5 other people and see how well you get on....animals in the wild rarely cannibalize....because there are escape mechanisms in place or ways for them to retreat.
25/03/2012 3:04:36 a.m.
@Dan.... Who talks shit like this dumb ass, is certainly much less ( Im not the one who makes a classification) than ..chickens...Are "just" chickens, what an arrogant insensitive expression. I would trust someone who doesnt respect certain animals to feel above , because deep psychological issues are here, likely a tendency to violence suppressed and triggered coming out suddenly! hey Da, try to hold a rooster on your chest, listen the rhythmic sound of his breath, feel his heart beating, enjoy the tickling of their beak on your neck....Are still "just" "things" to be tortured into tiny cages for life? If you dont get it, you are a sad sad guy, son!!!
25/03/2012 2:52:11 a.m.
Im shocked how many people in NZ still indifferent of hens severe cruel conditions on poultries, worry only to get cheap eggs. What kind of nutrition can be from sick hens, sick environment and...greedy poultry owners and selfish buyers?! Buy less eggs but better quality from happy free roaming hens, dumb asses!!!!! I dont have this concern, I give away the eggs of my pampered pets-hens and roosters, being a proud vegan, not supporting animal cruelty in any form possible. Be vegan is the only way to be compassionated healthy people! How long will take NZ to get it, in this faming land?? this is my question! I hoep not too long, time is speeding up human understanding how much animal abuse has been done without any right owing them as commodities !
24/03/2012 11:50:54 p.m.
We must educate the public not to buy these eggs, and vote against any MP that supports cages. Keep up the great work TV3!
20/03/2012 10:11:59 p.m.
I used to buy free range eggs but decided it would be nicer to have chickens myself, so bought 4 of them. They are incredible pets, very friendly, eat insects in the garden, have their dust baths, scratch around the place and our baby loves them. I feel bad if they don't get at least an hour a day roaming freely in the garden, and the rest of the time they have a large area to run about it and a separate moveable day pen. I don't know how the 'farmers' can sleep at night knowing what these poor chickens are living like just so they can make a huge profit. It's disgusting and I urge everybody to get chickens yourself or buy free range and put these 'farmers' out of business.
20/03/2012 9:12:25 p.m.
Why put 60 birds in a colony cage anyway when there could be less. It is just plain greed and they call themselves farmers, what a joke.
20/03/2012 5:13:04 p.m.
Shiree. You need to hope that the free range eggs that you eat are not from birds that have just cannibalised their MATES. Because thats exactly what they do. We have both, free range and colony and believe me, the colony are alot happier
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