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For the first time, Canadians are being asked to give their input on national standards for egg farming.
A public comment period is now open as the Canadian Code of Practice for Egg-Laying Hens collects feedback. According to the BC SPCA, 95 per cent of Canada’s hens are housed on conventional egg farms where they spend their entire lives crammed in barren battery cages.
“This can lead to extreme frustration, brittle bones and an increase in negative stress-related behaviours like feather pecking,” said the BC SPCA in a statement.
Comments submitted online will be taken into consideration when creating the new standards of care for egg-laying hens. The BC SPCA is encouraging residents to go online to the National Animal Care Council’s website and share their thoughts about what kind of lives egg-laying hens should have.