Is cruelty still for sale in South Africa?
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To: South African suppliers and retailers
We object to the use of the 'battery' cage system, that subjects egg laying hens to intense confinement and overcrowding in stacked wire cages that restrict movement, promote suffering and prohibit natural behaviour in barren artificially lit warehouses.
Additionally, we reject the associated mental and physical tortures of beak and claw mutilation, light deprivation and forced molting by starvation in an attempt to increase production.
Banned elsewhere in the world for reasons of health and welfare, it was condemned by the EU Commissions Scientific Veterinary Committee, who said its impact on hen welfare was 'severe', 'inherent' and 'clear'.
The South African Animals Protection Act declares
2. (1) Any person who -
(b) confines, chains, tethers or secures any animal unnecessarily or under such conditions or in such a manner or position as to cause that animal unnecessary suffering or in any place which affords inadequate space, ventilation, light, protection or shelter from heat, cold or weather or
(c) unnecessarily starves or under-feeds or denies water or food to any animal
shall be guilty of an offence.
Free range operators have proven these treatments to be unnecessary. Given this precedent, if these methods contravene the law, so will enabling them.
What is humanity if not humane? We do not believe cruelty should be presented as a choice.
Exercise your own ethical standards by avoiding eggs obtained this way and refuse to support and sustain inhumane practices and their sources to compel change.
We are relying on you, our suppliers, to join the international cage free migration and to work with your suppliers, to apply kinder standards and reform.
One intended to avoid mental cruelties, eliminate frustration, provide exposure to nature and the room to exercise, preen and forage.
Help us make the ethical choice to improve the welfare of egg laying hens, NOW.
It is up to us, together.
We await your support.
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