Brad Pitt and Bill Maher slam Costco for selling eggs that are produced in battery cage hen farms. They ask for Costco to stop participating in animal cruelty.
The two celebrities have spoken on behalf of Farm Sanctuary and they have clearly pointed out how Costco is actively contributing to animal cruelty by maintaining the use of battery cages.
Brad Pitt has issued a letter to Costco’s chief executive Craig Jelinek, urging him to stop using battery cages in the company’s farms, as these effectively torture the animals for the entire extent of their lives.
Battery cages do not give the hens enough space to move around, and so they are forced to spend their entire lives crammed into their tight imprisonment cells along with four other hens and even more.
“As you know, these birds producing eggs for your shelves are crammed five or more into cages that are not large enough for even one hen to spread her wings,” wrote Brad Pitt in his letter.
Their muscles atrophy and their bones become deformed due to the fact that they cannot move. This is a painful process, that eventually leads them to perform poorly, in which case they get slaughtered for their meat, which is sold as low quality product because of the age of the bird and the level of atrophy.
Due to the high levels of stress that arise from the tight confinement, the animals start picking on each other and end up causing each other serious injuries. In most cases, they cannot move enough to avoid being picked at and the results are dramatic to say the least.
This is why battery cages have been made illegal in the state of California and in most parts of Europe. However they are still widely used all around the world, despite efforts form animal protection groups.
Bill Maher wrote an article on the matter of battery cage use in hen farms that was featured as an editorial in the New York Times. He spoke about the level of degradation that these animals reach, explaining how birds have been found paralyzed in their cages and even mummified.
He pointed out that if there were dogs and cats that were kept in such inhumane conditions, then the act would be considered animal cruelty and punished according to American law. He drew attention to the fact that it is still animal cruelty if giant corporations like Costco do this to chickens and hens in overwhelming numbers and that this should not be regarded as mere business.
Pitt and Maher asked for measures to be taken in order to put an end to the use of battery cages once and for all on American ground and for Costco to stop commercializing eggs that are produced in farms that use battery cages.
Farm animals have been subjected to unimaginable cruelty for many years now and there is little hope that these practices will ever be stopped. However, it is crucial that their suffering at least be decreased if possible, because in most cases this is the best outcome available.
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