Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Investigations: Viva!

Film: Sentenced to Death

Part 1

The Captive Bolt Pistol does not cause instant death. It is a method of stunning that -- if used correctly -- stuns the animal, so that the heart carries on pumping after they have had their throats cut. However, this can and does fail -- leaving some animals fully or semi conscious and in pain whilst they are bleeding to death.

Part 2

'Enriched cages' investigation

Enriched cages

Viva! investigates: A cage is still a cage

Another side of egg production was the battery cage – a byword for cruelty for decades. 

However, they are now being replaced across Europe by – yes you guessed it – another cage. Optimistically described as ‘enriched’, hens are still packed into wire prisons – prisons with a little more space. There is some cursory ‘environmental enrichment’ but there is no escaping the fact that it is still a cage.

Hatchery investigation

Viva! investigates:  Conveyor belt of death

Hatcheries across Britain produce millions of hens to replace their ‘worn out’ sisters (most killed at just 72 weeks), but not every bird makes it out of the hatchery alive. To be precise, half of them don’t. The fate of male chicks was one of the egg industry’s best kept secrets – until now.

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