Animal Aid

Ask your MP to support the battery cage ban!

Posted 21 August 2014

We are asking MPs to pledge their support for a ban on the use of battery cages for the breeding of pheasants and partridges. These cages each hold one cock pheasant and eight to ten female pheasants for the whole of their productive lives. Many of the birds wear 'anti-aggression' face masks, whose purpose is to prevent the stressed birds from attacking one another. In a desperate attempt to escape the cages, the birds repeatedly fly upwards into the cage roof, causing what is known in the industry as ‘scalping’ to their heads.

Partridges are confined in breeding pairs in metal boxes that are correspondingly smaller and just as bleak as the pheasant units.

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