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November 05, 2019 - El Pais

SPAIN: More than 80% of egg-laying hens are still living in cages

SPAIN: More than 80% of egg-laying hens are still living in cages
Credit: Aussie Farms

The country is the European leader of the “furnished-cage” system, which keeps birds in overcrowded spaces no bigger than a sheet of paper with no access to natural sunlight.

More than 30 million hens in Spain live in overcrowded cages, according to 2019 figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Their beaks are trimmed and they endure constant stress as they lay around 470 eggs in a 100-week period.

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