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The Hen Project 1 - NOW YOU SEE ME

'Now you see me' painted for Viva! by Philip McCulloch-Downs

Painted for Viva! (www.viva.org.uk) using photos from Viva! investigations on UK 'enriched cage' Egg Farms 2016.

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.
This barren and overcrowded environment causes social and physical stress, feather pecking and cannibalism. 
My beak is trimmed causing acute and chronic pain.
The sloping wire mesh floor causes lesions on my sensitive feet.
In the wild I would lay 20 eggs per year and could live for a decade.
In the cage I will lay 300 eggs and will die after 72 weeks.
I will leave the cage only when I am taken to be killed.

ALL THIS IS HIDDEN FROM YOU.

Now you see me.

See the truth here: www.viva.org.uk/faceoff/eggs

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. 
Farms that are ORGANIC, FREE RANGE, BRITISH STANDARD. 
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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The Hen Project 6 - EGGS

The Hen Project 6 - EGGS

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

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