Viva! exposes cracks in the egg industry
Our undercover investigators have been inside two of Britain's
biggest chick hatcheries.
40 million chicks killed every year in Britain
We discovered that up to 40 million male chicks are killed every year at just a day or two old. The
industry has no use for them
because they don't lay eggs and
are too 'skinny' for meat.
Free-range, Organic and intensive
Intensive, organic or free range, it
is all the same. This never-ending
slaughter continues simply because people eat eggs.
Female chick mutilation
Life isn't much better for their baby sisters - routine mutilation in which
most have the tips of their beaks painfully sliced off. It's done to stop
them from damaging each other in the overcrowded hell that awaits
them. It doesn't work as feather
pecking and cannibalism are
Life is short and
most are killed at 72 weeks - a
fraction of their natural lifespan.
All because they start to lay
Around 50 per cent of hens in
Britain are still caged. But battery
cages are to be replaced - yes
you've guessed it - by another,
different cage. Supposedly 'enriched'. Not by
much from what we saw!
Most free range is now so intensive that it's just another type of factory
farming - gigantic sheds where many hens never even go outside! How
do we know? Because we've filmed it.
This industry is cracked beyond repair. Don't buy eggs.
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