Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2017-02-26 11:00 Bengaluru: Animal Equality, an animal rights organisation based in Pune, said the egg industry in India was still using “cruel and illegal battery cages in spite of the PCA Act prohibiting it”. An investigation done by the organisation between August and December 2016 had found violations at several egg facilities in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. The investigation found that: Four to eight hens crammed in a cage no bigger than two A4 sheets of papers. Hens stepping on each other in an attempt to find space to move Hens with bleeding, sore, cracked and deformed feet from the wire floor of cages Overcrowded cages are usually stacked one on top of another, causing urine and feces to fall onto birds in lower cages Hens missing their feathers and suffering from abrasions and skin irritations, probably due to the high concentration of ammonia from their litter Litter collected in huge piles underneath the stacked cages, only disposed of once every few weeks. This lack of timely disposal can lead to diseases among the consumers and mortality among the birds “These cruel battery cages are used rampantly in spite section 11 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 prohibiting confining of birds in battery cages and the Animal Welfare Board of India’s advisory to all the states, which directed to phase out battery cages by 2017,” said Animal Equality in a release. The organisation urged consumers to petition the state governments to implement the ban: http://www.animalequality.org/indianeggfarms Amruta Ubale, Executive Director of Animal Equality said India was nowhere near phasing out cruel and illegal battery cages. “All the countries within the European Union have banned battery cages. Why is India, a nation known for ahimsa (nonviolence) lagging behind?” she asked.