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Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Go Cage-Free
As animals at the manger go, chickens are not often mentioned in
the story of the Nativity. But egg-laying hens became a part of the
Christmas story in 2008, when the largest Catholic school system in
the country extended some mercy to these animals—among the most
abused on factory farms.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia school system, which
includes 20 high schools, is now using only cage-free eggs.
These schools join more than 350 other schools across the country
which are moving away from using eggs from hens kept in battery
cages, where the birds are so cramped they can't even spread their
wings. A battery-caged bird spends nearly her whole life in a space
smaller than a sheet of paper.
The Catholic Church Supports Animal Protection
The Roman Catholic Church has a number of statements on animals
in regard to care for creation including:
"Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his
providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give
him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the
gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St.
Philip Neri treated animals ... It is contrary to human dignity to
cause animals to suffer or die needlessly." —from Catechism of the
Catholic Church, Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 7,
Morally and Spiritually Important
"Our food choices have moral and spiritual significance, and
people of faith know that it's simply wrong to cram hens into cages
so small they can barely move," states Christine Gutleben, HSUS
director of Animals & Religion. "The Humane Society of the United
States applauds the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its decision to
move away from eggs from caged hens." .
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