Egg Production: Enriched Cages and Embodied Prisons
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FROM Sandra Higgins, Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary as posted on UPC United Poultry Concerns
October 2019

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Hen Joy
Joy, rescued from an ‘Enriched’ Cage - Image from Go Vegan World

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a commonly quoted piece of dialogue from Act II, Scene II, of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in which Juliet says that names do not matter; what matters is what things are in reality.

Following extensive scrutiny of the situation for egg laying hens in Europe, I argue that, like Juliet’s rose, a cage by any other name is still a cage.

Exploitation, regardless of the language with which it is represented, is still exploitation.

Furthermore, the evidence shows that the reality for each individual hen is that she lives in an extant, embodied prison, regardless of which cage she lives in, or whether or not she is caged, by virtue of being bred to produce eggs for human consumption.


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