The Fellowship of Life
Sir, - May I draw your readers' attention to the current campaign by
Compassion in World Farming to abolish the battery system by which over
ninety per cent. of Britain's eggs are produced.
The hybrid chicken has a wing-span of 30ins. - 32ins. To keep one
bird in a twenty-inch 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 £300 million industry serving big-business
interests and protected by the N.F.U. 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 a battery
cage 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.
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