With 70 billion animals farmed for food annually, poor animal welfare as a result of industrial farming cannot be ignored. Only through global, large-scale changes within the food industry itself can we bring about a better life for farm animals. World Animal Protection is working to do exactly that.
Take egg-laying hens, for example: picture yourself as an unhatched female chick, ready to enter the world. You've spent around 20 days cocooned in your egg, warm and safe. After hours of patient chipping at the tough shell that's kept you alive for the last few weeks, you finally break free. But if you're one of the unlucky ones, your next home is a cramped cage, in which you'll spend your whole life laying eggs for the world's dining tables. This is the sad reality for billions of chicks every year.
Thankfully, this story often has a happier ending these days. For egg-laying chicks, we are moving slowly but surely to a "post-cage" era. Nestlé, the world's largest food company, today announced they will use only cage-free eggs in all U.S. products within the next five years. This move means that ultimately millions of hens will have better lives every year, living free of cages.