According to research done by the Independent, UK grocery stores are selling free-range eggs while also purchasing game birds from damaging farms. Partridges and pheasants are raised in inhumane environments, including cages, according to animal rights activists.

Stores like Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer are under fire for celebrating their free-range eggs while purchasing birds from farms where birds are caged. The group Animal Aid asked supermarkets whether they purchased animals from the caged farms.

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Caged farms are often found to have crowded birds, which leads to birds being injured or with high rates of premature death. The birds are often forced into masks or other apparatuses to stop them from attacking each other.

See a video by Animal Aid showing the treatment of partridges and pheasants:

Chris Packham who leads the group Wild Justice, said of the treatment of the animals in cages, “The spectacle of pheasants and partridges in overcrowded cages makes my stomach turn. The potential damage to biodiversity that occurs when millions of these birds are released needs immediate and independent assessment. Come on, supermarkets! You can’t boast about cage-free eggs and then be party to selling game birds reared in cages.”

The supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose both told the Independent that their stance was a statement by Andrew Opie, of the British Retail Consortium, which is “Animal welfare is extremely important to our members who comply with all standards. In this case, these are defined by the game bird industry and are tailored to the welfare requirement of those birds.Members are aware of how important animal welfare is to their consumers, and are in constant conversations with their suppliers to ensure the best practices are in place.”

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