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End the Cage Age

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End The Cage Age campaign image girl in pig factory farm holding cuddly toy

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 Europe alone, hundreds of millions of animals are forced to spend most, if not all, of their lives in cages. That’s why we mobilised over 1.5 million people across a Continent to sign a Europeans Citizens Initiative (ECI), calling on the European Commission to ban all caged for EU farm animals.

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

That includes over 16 million UK hens living behind bars, producing more than a third of Britain’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, over a quarter of a million UK 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 of pig farms all over the UK.

Please, take action for British farm animals today – sign the petition to call on the UK’s agriculture ministers to ban cages for farm 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 petition calling on the UK’s agricultural ministers to End the Cage Age
  2. Want to End the Cage Age in your community? Download our cage-free Communities guide for tips on targeting convenience stores in your area and persuading store managers 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: Joanna Lumley, Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan, Kate Ford, Evanna Lynch and Mike Beckingham for making the uplifting campaign film, ‘Dear Humans’, 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 petition today to End the Cage Age for all British farm animals.

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Over 250,000 people in Britain have called on the UK's agriculture ministers to ban cages for farm animals. Please, join us in speaking out against cage cruelty - sign the petition now!


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