The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973



Cruelty to chickens

Sir – May I draw your readers' attention to the current campaign by Compassion In World Farming to abolish the battery system by which over 90 per cent of Britain's eggs are produced.

The hybrid chicken has a wingspan of 30in-32in. To keep one bird in a 20in cage would be cruel, yet five or more birds share one such cage, unable to obey their God-given instincts to fly, stretch their wings, walk, perch, dust bathe, nest or ground-scratch.

The battery system is a £300million industry serving big business interests and protected by the NFU. Britain has enough land to supply us all with eggs by the humane alternative methods of aviary and deep litter at little extra cost to the consumer.

As a member of the C of E, I appeal to clergy and laity to write to their MP asking that Britain should follow Switzerland's example of phasing out the battery cage now. Letters written by members of the established Church would carry great weight.

Sadly the church is condemned by all animal welfare societies for its “resounding silence” about cruelty to animals. Yet we claim that our Creator loves all his creatures. If the crowding of hens in battery cages for life doesn't “put all heaven in a rage”, then I am one church member who hopes to escape heaven when I die. Please help those who cannot plead for themselves.

Ruth Perry
C I W F Area Contact
The Church of England Newspaper

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