New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama has come out against battery hen farming and appealed to
people to switch to eggs of chickens kept outside cages.
The statement from the Nobel peace laureate comes amid an
intensified campaign by animal rights groups in various parts
of the world against the practice of factory-style egg farming
in which the birds are cramped into cages.
"I am troubled to learn about the practice of confining
egg laying hens in tiny cages... Each hen has less space to
live than the very sheet of paper I have written this letter
on," said a letter from the 75-year-old leader posted on the
website of the Humane Society International, which has
launched a campaign on the issue.
"Turning these defenceless animals into egg-producing
machines with no consideration for their welfare whatsoever is
a degradation of our own humanity. Switching to cage-free eggs
would reduce the suffering of these animals," he said.
US states of Michigan and California have passed laws to
phase out the use of cages to confine hens while prominent US
corporations like Burger King and Safeway are switching to
cage-free eggs, the organisation said.