July 16, 2010 at 9:24 am #252699
Humane Society International are campaigning against the Australian Egg Corporation’s proposed new free-range hen standards.July 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm #471594
I have signed.I’ve heard it said that huge flocks of chooks is almost as cruel as battery systems in that about twelve others is the optimum number a chook can “recognise”.In the huge flocks with room to move around they are constantly meeting chooks they don’t know so fighting is common.Is that the reason for wanting debeaking ?Don’t see how any commercial system can be ideal.July 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm #471595
I’ve also signed…this is the comment I made (in retrospect, i think I could have made it read a bit better but it’ll do, I guess):
People purchase free range chicken & eggs from free range birds in the belief that “free range” denotes a more humane lifestyle…not that they simply have access to the outdoors.
By allowing debeaking & increasing stocking densities, undue stress is caused to the birds & their natural behaviour is compromised. Not to mention pain from the debeaking procedure & increased aggression from too large a flock size.
As consumers are become more aware of the often horrific conditions poultry & other animals are kept in, they are seeking more humane options for those animals. When they seek out “free range” poultry, this is usually what they believe they are purchasing. Allowing debeaking & increased stocking densities flies in the face of this perceived humane treatment of poultry & should not be allowed in free range flocks.July 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm #471596
Is there a way to see if my signing worked? I got a blank page once I signed, and I don’t know if it worked.July 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm #471597
have 2 ideas on debeaking:
1 to stop pecking each oterh in confined spaces.
2 so that the birds can’t just pick out the grain lumps from the food and they grab the floury stuff as well, less food wastage.
when we bough poulets they where all debeaked and was told the only way we can get them.
lenJuly 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm #471598
I believe they should be left as they are. If the chooks are debeaked then there should be campains run to make people aware and a boycot of all there eggs. :tdown:
DennisJuly 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm #471599
I was told it was to stop them pecking each other. I wont buy eggs anymore from the shops because unless you have seen the farm you really cant take it for granted that the eggs come from hens in humane conditions despite all the marketing bumph on the boxes.:@
We have our own hens and we either eat their eggs or go without. Thankfully most of our hens were sourced as eggies from a member on here so they are as nature intended.July 17, 2010 at 12:37 am #471600
Would NEVER buy debeaked birds, would rather go without and find another seller.
Birds need their beaks to help pick up food and to drink with.
High density free ranging is cruel, debeaking is used as a method of behaviour control in such large numbers, also to stop the birds pecking themselves from stress.
Petition is signed sealed and forwarded to everyone I know.July 17, 2010 at 1:01 am #471601
Here is ANOTHER form of protest.
This will send a generated letter to the 2 main Supermarket chains on your behalf.July 17, 2010 at 5:57 am #471602
Have done my bit and signed the petition!
Im also adopting some ex-battery hens! (my conscience tells me its the right thing to do!) Its already in the pipeworks, and have prepared them a forever home here at my home, till they decide to leave this world of their own accord! I will not send them to the slaughter house.July 17, 2010 at 6:01 am #471603
Well done shadowdancer!July 17, 2010 at 8:25 am #471604
Thanks for the Animals Australia link. I’ve sent that on to friends & family.
Animals Australia also recommend stating your opposition on feedback forms if/when you shop at Coles or Woolies.
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