Chickens trapped in tight, sunless crates are being labeled as cage-free

When will they stop trying to con us? These Chickens Are Locked in Cages, But Still Labeled Cage-Free! Demand Full Transparency in the UK

Because of a ridiculous loophole in U.K. regulatory policy, chickens kept indoors in cages can still legally be labeled as “cage-free” — even if they literally never see the sun. All chickens farmed in the United Kingdom are currently being kept indoors as one of the largest outbreaks of the avian flu has struck birds across the island this past winter. Keeping birds indoors to avoid risk of disease might make sense, but deceiving consumers in an attempt to keep an already non-transparent, cruel industry afloat is entirely unethical.

This sets a dangerous precedent for an industry that has a long history of egregiously using meaningless labels like “natural” and “humanely raised” to manipulate well-intentioned customers. Consumers have a right to know what conditions chickens live in when they purchase egg or meat products at the store so they can make informed, compassionate decisions. 

We must put pressure on the UK Parliament to mandate that poultry producers update their labeling while chickens are locked inside. If an animal is still in a cage, a product should not then be labeled cage-free. Sign the petition now if you agree!

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