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Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare – voiceless: the animal protection institute

There are over 25 million hens, plus millions of male chicks, who are used by the Australian egg industry every year.

This industry is divided across three primary farming methods – battery cages, barn-laid and free range. This separation in farming styles has led to eggs becoming one of the most confusing and debated animal products on the market.

In ‘Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare in the Australian egg industry’, Voiceless has assessed the key animal protection issues with the use of battery cages, barn-laid and free range systems from an animal welfare and scientific perspective.

Specifically, this Report reviews:

  • Welfare concerns of battery cages, and the need for a phase out;
  • Failure of current government regulations;
  • International standards and progress in Australia;
  • Comparison of egg farming: battery cage, barn-laid and free range; and
  • Inherent cruelties in egg farming across all production systems – cage, barn-laid and free range.

For the full report see