End the cage age

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It's time to evolve

Pigs, hens, meat rabbits, ducks and quail are imprisoned in factory farm cages all over the EU. End the Cage Age will work on eliminating all of these cages. We need your help to bring about these changes. They won’t happen overnight, but, with your backing, they will happen.

Every generation must make its mind up which injustice and cruelty to animals it is going to stop. The time has come for this generation to stand up and End the Cage Age.

A global problem

Across the world, billions of animals are farmed in cages.

In Europe alone, hundreds of millions of animals spend their entire life, from birth to death, in a cage. Cages keep animals isolated, or tightly packed in confined areas. In the worst cases they are barren, provide minimal space and prevent even moderate exercise. Being kept in these conditions, even with excellent stockmanship, can have severe health and welfare implications for the animals involved.

The range of animals that are farmed in a form of cage in the EU is wider than many might think. Not only hens (in ‘enriched cages’), but pigs (in sow stalls and farrowing crates), ducks and quail and even rabbits are all farmed in cages.

So where are all the cages?

 

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Ranking Country Egg laying hens Sows Rabbits
1 = Sweden
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A quarter of hens are caged
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No sows are caged
(No significant rabbit farming)
1 = Luxembourg
Free hen logo

No hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Nearly all sows are caged
(No significant rabbit farming)
3 Belgium

Phasing out cages for rabbits and hens
Caged hen logo

Around half of all hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Nearly all sows are caged
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Nearly all rabbits are caged
4 = Austria and Germany

Phasing out cages for hens
Caged hen logo

A small proportion of hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Nearly all sows are caged
Caged rabbit logo

Nearly all rabbits are caged
6 United Kingdom
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Less than half of hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Around half of sows are caged
(No significant rabbit farming)
7 = Denmark, Finland & Ireland
Caged hen logo

Around half of hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Nearly all sows are caged
(No significant rabbit farming)
10 Croatia
Caged hen logo

Nearly all hens are caged
(No significant sow farming) (No significant rabbit farming)
11 Netherlands
Caged hen logo

A small proportion of hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Almost all sows are caged
Caged rabbit logo

Almost all rabbits are caged
12 Czech Republic, France, Italy & Poland
Caged hen logo

Most hens are caged
Caged pig logo

Almost all sows are caged
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Almost all rabbits are caged
16 = Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia & Spain
Caged hen logo

Most hens are caged
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Almost all sows are caged
Caged rabbit logo

Almost all rabbits are caged

 

What you can do

  1. Take action for Europe's caged animals
  2. Find out what's wrong with cages
  3. Make a donation to Compassion today
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