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Cage farming is a nightmare that we can end

Across the world, billions of animals are farmed in cages. That includes pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks and quail – all subjected to cage cruelty. Sows are forced to nurse their piglets in crates, rabbits and quail endure their whole lives in barren cages, and ducks and geese are caged for force feeding to produce foie gras. These systems confine, restrict, and prevent animals from expressing their natural behaviours.

In the EU alone, hundreds of millions of animals are forced to spend most, if not all, of their lives in cages. That’s why we launched a Europeans Citizens Initiative (ECI), which was supported by almost 1.4 million people across the continent, and called on the European Commission to ban all cages for farm animals.

The good news is that, as a result, in June 2021 the Commission made an historic announcement that it will put forward legislation to phase out the use of cages for farmed animals. Now we need to keep up the pressure to ensure this ban really is delivered, and comes into force as quickly as possible, across the EU.

Think British farm animals aren’t kept in cages?Wrong – millions of the UK's farm animals are subjected to cage cruelty too.

That includes over 16 million British hens living behind bars, producing more than a third of the UK’s eggs.

feather pecked hens in an enriched cage
Whilst this image is from an EU farm, it is representative of conditions in use in the UK

Meanwhile, every year, over 200,000 British mother pigs are forced to give birth in cages and raise their piglets through bars. The investigation below, filmed in Spring 2019, reveals the gruelling conditions typical on intensive pig farms all over the UK.

Please, take action for British farm animals today – sign the petition on the UK Parliament website, calling on the Government to ban cages for all farmed animals.

Join the fight

Hundreds of thousands of compassionate people in Britain have already spoken up for caged farm animals by signing our petitions.

We need your help to keep up this momentum. Here’s how you can join the fight:

  1. If you’re a British resident, sign the new petition calling on the UK Government to End the Cage Age
  2. Download our cage-free Communities guide for tips on encouraging convenience stores in your area to go cage-free.
  3. Want to learn more? Find out exactly what’s wrong with cages and read our report
  4. Make a donation to Compassion today
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High profile support

Many famous faces have already joined the fight to End the Cage Age. A huge thank you to all our End the Cage Age heroes: Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley, Peter Egan, Kate Ford, Evanna Lynch and Mike Beckingham for backing this campaign, along with everyone who has signed the petitions and spread the word for farm animals.

Cages are cruel, outdated and just plain wrong. Please – sign the Parliamentary petition today to End the Cage Age for all British farm animals.

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Compassion's wonderful patron, Deborah Meaden, has launched a Parliamentary petition calling on the UK Government to ban cages for farm animals. Please, if you live in the UK, sign the petition now!


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