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Aussies squeeze into human battery cages


23 February 2007

 

CAGED CHICK?: Model and animal rights activist Imogen Bailey was one of 15 Australians that squeezed themselves into three tiny metal cages in Sydney to highlight what they said was the inhuman practice of chicken battery farming.

SYDNEY: Fifteen Australians squeezed themselves into three tiny metal cages on Thursday in Sydney to highlight what they said was the inhuman practice of chicken battery farming.

Under a hot summer sun, Australian model Imogen Bailey crouched inside a "Human Battery Cage" as hundreds of tourists viewing the luxury ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 looked on curiously.

The protesters called on Australian lawmakers and the poultry industry to follow countries such as Switzerland and Sweden and end battery farming.

"People expect Australia to be leading the world in animal welfare. There is no excuse for the way they are treated, there are always alternatives," Bailey said.

Animal liberation groups say the battery cage system confines chickens in overcrowded areas, preventing them from stretching their wings, which causes feather loss, broken bones and premature death.

"Today's consumer deserves to know how their food is produced. Eighty per cent of the eggs that consumers eat come from hens in tiny cages," said Shane Dalgleish, who created the Human Battery Cages.

"It is not very nice being confined, I get fidgety after 15 minutes in here," Dalgleish said from inside the cage.

An online eBay auction is drawing bids from people wanting to spend half an hour in a "Human Battery Cage" with Bailey on Saturday March 3 at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach.


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