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The Hen Project 6 - EGGS

The Hen Project 6 - EGGS
The Hen Project 6 - EGGS

Painted for Viva! by Philip McCulloch-Downs using photographs fron Viva!'s investigations into UK egg farms. A socially and culturally conditioned habit.


The 6th video of ‘The Hen Project’ created by Philip McCulloch-Downs as part of Viva!’s ‘CRACKED’ campaign against UK egg farms.

A socially and culturally conditioned habit.

A habit with health risks that far outweigh any nutritional gain.

To feed this habit the UK industry requires 2.6 billion new chicks per year producing 11.8 billion eggs.

To feed this habit 40 million ‘reject’ male chicks are gassed every year.

To feed this habit, intelligent, social animals are forced to live in abject misery, housed in excruciating conditions for their 72 week lifespan.

EGGS: a source of salmonella bacteria, veterinary drug residues, environmental pollutants, cholesterol, choline and saturated fats.

EGGS: cannot legally be advertised as ‘healthy’, ‘nutritious’, ‘protein rich’ or ‘safe’.

EGGS: an unnatural habit.

See the truth for yourself:

Why not try vegan?

The Hen Project 1 - NOW YOU SEE ME

The 'superior' form of battery farming.
Caged with 40 - 80 others. 
My share of the cage is just larger than an A4 sized sheet of paper.

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The Hen Project 2 - HOME SWEET HOME

The 2nd 'Hen Project' piece - directly inspired by photographs from Viva!'s investigations into UK Egg Farms 2016. 
This is the best the industry can do. 
If you think these images are uncomfortable and unpleasant to look at - imagine what it's like to live there. Each face I drew is an individual; a life; a sentient being. 

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The Hen Project 3 - DOWN ON THE FARM

Permanently caged in a barren environment;
with trimmed beaks, brittle bones, foot lesions;
with overcrowding causing social and physical stress as well as feather pecking and cannibalism...
These 'enriched cages' allow each bird a space just larger than one A4 size sheet of paper.
Every minute of every hour of every day of every week, for 72 weeks, before being removed for slaughter.

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The true price of eggs - detail 1

The Hen Project 4 Spent - The true price of eggs

Naturally intelligent, social, sensitive, with a distinct hierarchy, a communal approach to rearing their young, producing only 20 eggs per year, and with a lifespan of up to a decade.

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The Hen Project 5 - GASSED

Inspired by Viva!’s investigations into UK egg farms in 2016.

In commercial egg farms eggs develop inside industrialised incubators. 

At around 21 days the chicks hatch in tiered racks of trays. 

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