The suffering that hens face in the egg industry is often overlooked by consumers. We assume that the chickens who produce eggs live on idyllic farms where they are free to roam around the grass and lay eggs at their will, but the reality is a far cry from this ideal.
Most factory farm hens live in battery cages, small wire enclosures that are no larger than a sheet of paper, crammed in with five to ten other chickens. To make matters worse, these chickens are kept in giant dark sheds that can house around 10,000 chickens at a time where they are forced to endure endless stress, filth, and neglect. Free-range hens are technically allowed access to an outdoor enclosure, but due to overcrowding and limited access to the exits, the majority of these hens never get to experience fresh air or grass.
Little Miss Sunshine, the hen featured in this video, was rescued from life in a battery cage along with over 1,000 other hens thanks to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. Now, Little Miss Sunshine gets the chance to enjoy all the wonders of life that she was deprived of on an egg farm – one of the perks being getting to celebrate her birthday!
You can help make Little Miss Sunshine’s birthday wish to end the suffering of chickens by lowering or completely eliminating your consumption of eggs and chicken. Check out these awesome recipes to help you get started.
As Edgar’s says, “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others … why wouldn’t we!”