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If the 16 million UK farm animals kept in cages could speak, what might they say?


Warning: the seriously cute farm animals in ‘Dear Humans’ will melt your heart. But listen up, because the famous faces starring in this film have a shocking message for you: millions of British pigs and hens are still suffering in cramped, inhumane cages.

That includes more than 250,000 mother pigs – over 50% of all UK sows – forced to give birth in farrowing crates, where they can't even turn around and have to suckle their piglets through bars.

Think all British eggs come from free-range hens? Wrong: around 16 million – more than one third of all hens nationwide – are still locked up in cages. Overcrowding and restricted height leave each animal with space equivalent to little more than an A4 sheet of paper.

Cages are cruel, outdated, and just plain wrong. It’s time for the UK Government to ban cages for all farm animals. That’s why we’re leading not one, but two petitions to maximise pressure on the government to end cage cruelty!


  • STEP 1: sign the parliamentary petition to bring about a debate in Parliament about the use of cages for UK farm animals. We need at least 100,000 signatures - with your help, we want to smash that target!
  • STEP 2: once you’ve signed, share the parliamentary petition to mobilise others to sign!
  • STEP 3: sign Compassion’s ongoing petition to maintain pressure on the UK Government to ban cages for all UK farm animals.
  • STEP 4: show your support on social media. Share a message from your furry (or feathered) friend on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #EndTheCageAge hashtag. It’s time for all animals to speak out against cages! Peggy Pig, star of ‘Dear Humans’, has even written her very own letter of support – download it here.
  • STEP 5: start a cage-free campaign in your area. Contact us for a guide on how to persuade your local businesses to go cage-free.

A huge thank you to all our End the Cage Age heroes: Joanna Lumley, Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan, Kate Ford, Evanna Lynch and Mike Beckingham for making ‘Dear Humans’, and to everyone who has signed the petition and spread the word for farm animals.

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