Michelle Obama, We Need to Talk!
We were so impressed to see this video from PETA, featuring some young activists urging Michelle Obama to ditch the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll, which involves using thousands of real chicken eggs. Watch the positive and inspiring video below.
In Australia, laying hens who are confined to cages do not have space to move, stretch their wings, or engage in most other natural behaviours such as nesting, perching and dust bathing. Such restrictions cause hens to carry out repetitive or destructive behaviours that do not occur in hens who are not caged. These include showing fearful behaviour like feather pulling or pecking other hens (sometimes to the point of death or cannibalism).
Caged hens also become prone to skeletal problems due to such intense captivity, and frequently suffer from brittle bones and painful bone breakages. Dust bathing, the act in which an animal grooms itself by rolling or moving around in dust or sand, is not possible for caged hens, which leads to ‘sham dust bathing’. This involves hens performing all elements of normal dust bathing but in the complete absence of any sand or dust. This often leads to injuries from hens getting caught in wire flooring commonly installed in standard battery cages. You can read more about egg production on our fact sheet here.
Have a safe and happy Easter from the ThinkKind team! Don’t forget to try out some of our fun and meaningful family activities these school holidays at Five Activities to Raise Freethinking Children