The Hard-Boiled Truth:
Modern Egg Production in the United States
Behind the vast majority of every "incredible edible"
egg sold in grocery stores today is a hen so intensively confined
inside a wire battery cage, she can barely even move.
With just 67 square inches of space in which to live, she
can't even flap her wings, let alone build a nest, perch,
dust bathe, or perform many other natural behaviors.
Numerous experts agree that battery cage confinement contributes
to a number of welfare problemsand such concerns have
prompted many European countries to ban this system of confinement
altogether. And barren battery cages will be phased out of
the entire European Union by 2012.
Battery cages continue, however, to dominate egg production
in the U.S., and the egg industry has long attempted to ignore
the allegations of cruelty to animals. But as a growing number
of consumers discover the hard-boiled truth about modern egg
production, the industry is scrambling to keep its reputation