Bruce Kent's Charterhouse (July 27) has brought to the notice of
Catholic readers the sickening cruelty of keeping hens in batteries.
When the salmonella scare was on we saw the hens in their pitiful
conditions on our TV screens and hoped that this would awaken the
public to what was going on.
But although scores of people must have shared our revulsion it
does not seem to have produced a massive determination to put an end
to a disgusting practice which it would appear some are ready to
condone on economic grounds.
In the absence of legislation the responsibility must lie with
the consumer to refuse to buy eggs emanating from battery farms. Two
centuries ago William Blake wrote:
A robin red breast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage
With apologies to Blake may I add:
The suffering of a battery bird
Cries to heaven to be heard.