August 22, 2011
Progress for Egg-Laying Hens in India
Arguably the most abused animals in agribusiness, the vast majority of laying hens in India are crammed into tiny cages so restrictive they can't even spread their wings.
Starvation force molting, widely practiced in egg production facilities throughout India, deprives egg-laying hens of food for up to 14 days and may be combined with one to two days of water deprivation, in order to manipulate the egg laying cycle.
HSI’s "No Battery Eggs" campaign works with food retailers to phase out the use of eggs from birds confined in cages. Further, in in 2011, we pledged to end the use of starvation force molt regimes in Indian egg production facilities.
Here are just a few notable advances:
2011: Happy Hens Farm became the first Indian producer to label its eggs as “free-range,” as an indication of their hens’ high welfare and space allowances.
2011: The Animal Welfare Board of India called for the immediate discontinuation of starvation force molt regimes, and 23 states followed up with plans to implement the order, or to confirm that the practice is not used in their state.
2011: HSI co-organized several hen welfare seminars and informed producers of opportunities in cage free egg production.
2010: HH the Dalai Lama condemned cage confinement of egg-laying hens.
2008: Kegg Farms became the first egg producer in India to label eggs as “cage-free.”
2008: Indian egg industry leaders traveled to the U.S. to explore cage-free housing systems for hens.
2008: International Respect for Chickens Day, now an annual event, now an annual event, was celebrated in India for the first time.
2007: HSI became a welcome participant in animal industry expos within India, and was invited to submit articles on humane poultry production to major industry publications.
2007: HSI's "No Battery Eggs" campaign was launched in India.