That is just plain silly. "Enriched" cages involve torturing hens. Period. The torture may be slightly "better," just as padded water boards may be slightly "better." But let's be clear: the hens will continue to be tortured. And they will continue to end up in a slaughterhouse.
Francione has a point, but his extreme take on the issue is unlikely to resonate widely in a population that's only 1.4 percent vegan (and a population in which there are more ex-vegans than vegans). According to social psychologist and longtime vegan Melanie Joy, the abolitionist approach could attract a lot more supporters if it acknowledged, as HSUS does, that most people are going to embrace veganism on their own-you can't strong-arm them into it.
Joy, author of "Why We Eat Pigs, Love Dogs, and Wear Cows," believes that social change - in this case, honoring the intrinsic worth of animals by not eating them - is a complex process requiring both an awakening to the hidden reality of exploitation and the individual will to act upon that awareness. Asking people to stop eating animals, as Joy sees it, is more than asking for a change in behavior; it's asking for a profound shift in consciousness that people make only when they're personally ready to do so.