Vegan actor Peter Egan is urging the UK Government to ban cages for all farmed animals as they restrict the animals from expressing their natural behaviors.
Urging his 56,000 followers to sign a petition calling for the ban of cages for all farmed animals in the UK, Egan wrote: “Please join me I’ve just signed this Petition: End the Cage Age: ban cages for all farmed animals.”
The petition, backed by animal protection organizations, says that millions of farmed animals across the UK are kept in cages that prohibit them from expressing their natural behaviors and therefore cause huge suffering.
“This cannot be the future of British farming,” says the petition. “We call on the UK government to end this inhumane practice by banning all cages for farmed animals. Cages are cruel.”
“We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs to bring forward legislation that amends the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 to prohibit the use of: (a) barren and enriched cages for farmed animals including cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail, pheasants, partridges, guinea fowl; (b) farrowing crates for sows; (c) individual calf pens.”
The petition has already gathered 25,000 out of a goal of 100,000 signatures. Once it reaches its goal, the petition will be considered for debate in the UK Parliament.
Animal protection organizations are also waiting for the UK Government’s response to the petition as the Government promises to respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.