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Right now, over 10 million Aussie hens are suffering in barren battery cages. It’s arguably the worst animal welfare issue in Australia.

But there is hope. This year there will be a once-in-20-year decision on whether to end the use of barren battery cages. So, we can say bye bye to them for good.

Take action today because if we don’t decide to end barren battery cages this year, it could be another 20 years before we get the chance again.

What is a battery cage?

Battery cages are small, barren wire cages. There are many thousands of cages stacked in sheds that may contain up to 100,000 birds.

The space given to each bird is less than the size of a piece of A4 paper.

For a hen to have a good life, she needs the freedom to move around, to stretch, flap her wings, perch and access a nesting area to lay her eggs.

She can’t do any of these things in a barren battery cage.

Visit the Knowledgebase to find out more.

Why now?

Right now, the national Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry are under review for the first time in over a decade.

Over 167,000 people made submissions to the public consultation process – the vast majority opposing the use of barren battery cages.

Now, finally, this year state and territory Agriculture Ministers will decide on the new Standards – which can include a phase out of barren battery cages.

While we want to see the end of all cages, full stop, for Australian layer hens, a phase out of barren battery cages will be a substantial improvement.

This is the time for state and territory governments to acknowledge the science, respond to the community, and finally say bye bye to this cruel and outdated practice.

How can I help?

State and territory governments will decide on the future of barren battery cages this year - and the fate of the hens who are confined to them.

We need state and territory governments, and all members of Parliament, to know that this is an issue the community cares about.

Simply enter your postcode and we’ll show you the best way you can take action, and help say bye bye to barren battery cages.