End the Cage Age
Subject: End the Cage Age for ALL of the UK’s farm animals
To: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (England), Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Rural Connectivity (Scotland), Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs (Wales) and the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland),
Every year, over 16 million UK farm animals are kept in cages where they are unable to express their natural behaviours. This causes immense suffering.
We call on all the governments across the UK to end this inhumane treatment of farm animals.
Cages inflict immense misery on enormous numbers of farm animals every year. They are cruel and unnecessary, as higher-welfare cage-free systems are viable. This cannot be the future of British farming.
We, the undersigned, urge legislation to prohibit the use of:
- cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail;
- farrowing crates for sows;
- individual calf pens, where not already prohibited