1, 192 dog attack incidents reported to local councils in NSW from January, 2011 to March, 2011
15, 083 cruelty complaints investigated by RSPCA Inspectors in NSW for the 2009/2010 financial year
With those sorts of numbers, it’s no wonder that dog safety and responsible pet ownership are still popular topics for discussion for the RSPCA NSW Education Team in their fight to prevent animal cruelty. But another alarmingly number not as widely publicised is 12, 775, 565 – the number of layer hens still living in cages, producing eggs for our consumption. This issue was brought up today during a Vacation Care visit in Quakers Hill where kids were shown how much space a layer hen is afforded in a battery cage – that’s right, less than an A4 sheet of paper. If given a choice, the kids were adamant that the hens wouldn’t choose to live their lives confined to a cage.
RSPCA is campaigning to get hens out of cages by encouraging consumers to choose eggs produced from either free range or barn laid systems and promoting those products that display our RSPCA ‘Paw of Approval’.
For more information on our Approved Farming Scheme, click here.
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