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In the winter of 2015/16, Compassion in World Farming visited farms, cage-makers and slaughterhouses in France, Italy, Portugal and Greece. Our target: European quail farming.

In this groundbreaking investigation – a ‘first of its kind’ international exposé – we’ve lifted the lid on an industry that cages millions of animals every year, creating enormous suffering, yet markets its products as 'luxury'. Please take a moment to watch our short film, and call on the European Commission to End the Cage Age for quail.

Take action

Email Commissioner Andriukaitis this message calling for an end to the cage age for quail.

Each year in Europe, over 140 million quail are farmed for meat, confined to factory farm floors or densely packed in cages. They often try to leap in these cages and invariably hit their heads on the cage roof.

Of the 400,000 quail farmed every year for their eggs, over 90% are also kept in crowded, barren cages where they are unable to express even the most basic of natural behaviours.

These birds have no earth or undergrowth to explore, nowhere to dustbathe, nowhere to hide, and barely space to move. The space allowance per factory farmed quail can be no bigger than a beer mat.

Quail are one of the most caged farm animal in Europe, and there is no species-specific legislation to protect them. They desperately need your help. But the good news is that there is hope.

Compassion staff have visited an alternative system; an egg farm where the quail are raised in naturally lit barns with the space and freedom to explore, dustbathe, hide and peck at straw bales. This is no hobby farm, but a large commercial operation.

Higher welfare quail farming is possible. Please take action now to give ALL quail a life worth living.

Quail are the smallest animals to be intensively farmed, but this comes at a big price. Will you help to end this factory farming in miniature?

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