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Worldwide, millions of egg-laying hens, pregnant sows, and calves raised for veal are severely restricted in battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates, respectively. Scientific evidence has shown that animals kept in such intensive confinement are frustrated and distressed.


Intensive confinement can prevent farm animals from exercising, fully extending their limbs, or engaging in many other important natural behaviors. Constrained in barren cages and crates, animals can experience long-term physical and psychological problems. Battery cages for egg-laying hens and crates for pregnant sows and calves are simply not appropriate environments.

HSI works with governments and corporations to enact reforms to improve the treatment of farm animals. You can help by reducing, refining, and replacing meat, egg, and dairy products in your diet.



  • June 20, 2016

    New code of practice for poultry falls short

    HSI/Canada expressed disappointment with the new Code of Practice released by poultry industries and the National Farm Animal Care Council, with the new standards failing to institute meaningful changes to improve the welfare of animals.

  • May 24, 2016

    Aramark Canada’s Cage-Free Policy Welcomed

    HSI/Canada welcomed an announcement from Aramark Canada that it will end the use of all eggs from caged hens in its supply chain by 2022 for shell eggs and 2025 for liquid eggs.

  • May 17, 2016

    Goiania Becomes Brazil’s Second Capital City to Ban Foie Gras

    HSI applauded the city of Goiania, the capital of Goias state, for becoming Brazil’s second state capital to ban products made by force-feeding animals. This is the method used to produce foie gras, in which ducks are typically force fed to increase the size of their livers.

  • March 23, 2016

    Retail Council of Canada Commits to Source 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs by 2025

    HSI/Canada applauded the grocery members of the Retail Council of Canada, including Loblaw Companies Limited, Metro Inc., Sobeys Inc., and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., for announcing a goal of sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025.

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