Group Wants Egg-Industry Apologist to Endure a Chicken’s Life for the Same Amount of Time That It Takes to Produce Just One Egg
For Immediate Release:
16 July 2013
Melbourne – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is taking to task Andrew Postregna, owner of Tamarix Egg Farm in Dandenong South, for the following statement that he made on the Australian Egg Corporation Limited website: “When there’s a few birds in a cage they tend to know each other. They’re happy. The stress levels seem to be a lot less than what it is in free-range [chickens]”. The group has sent Postregna a letter offering $3,400 – $100 for each hour – to charity if he’ll confine himself to a cage of similar proportions to his body as the chickens’ cages are to theirs for 34 hours, the time it takes a chicken to produce an egg.
“Maybe after Mr Postregna gets a real feel for being caged, he’ll stop claiming that caged hens are ‘happy'”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Chickens forced into egg production are among the most abused animals in the world.”
In the letter, PETA points out that chickens are inquisitive, social animals who are as smart as cats, dogs and even some primates. In their natural habitat, they enjoy spending their days together, scratching for food, taking dust baths, roosting in trees and basking in the sun. But the approximately 12 million caged hens used for their eggs each year in Australia never enjoy this natural behaviour. Instead, a large portion of their sensitive beaks is cut off with a searing-hot blade when they’re just days old. Unable to eat or drink because of the pain, many die. Survivors are then packed into cages so cramped that they can’t spread even one wing. They cannot avoid defecating on one another and live with the ever-present stench of ammonia. Disease runs rampant, and survivors are often forced to live with the decomposing bodies of their dead cagemates.
Eggs also cause human suffering. They’re loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat and contain no fibre. Consumption of eggs and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
A copy of PETA’s letter to Andrew Postregna is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.