Mother pig in a cage with her piglet next to her

Help end the cage age

You can help open the cages that cause so much suffering

Millions of animals worldwide are still suffering in cages and crates. Please give now to help End the Cage Age and end all factory farming.

Please support Compassion today and fund our vital work to end the cruelty of factory farming. You could help open 300 million pens, crates and cages that keep animals trapped in misery across the UK and EU. 

Open the farrowing crates of mother pigs

Farrowing crates are metal cages, barely bigger than a pig’s body, that mother pigs (sows) are placed inside to give birth. In these crates, pigs are forced to lie down and feed their babies through metal bars, while being unable to even turn around. While the piglets can reach their mother to suckle, the mother can’t nurture or care for them in a natural, instinctive way, leading to health problems and trauma for piglets and sows alike.

Sow confined by very restrictive bars, not even room to turn around.

Open the cruel confinement pens of calves

In Europe, young calves are often separated from their mothers within hours of being born and confined to barren pens on their own for up to eight weeks.

This is a far cry from calves natural behaviour. Newborn calves lie close together in groups and form strong bonds which can last a lifetime. Instead, this unnecessary isolation hampers their development and causes great distress. It must stop.

Young calf seperated from mother, all alone, looking directly into the camera. Green gift wrap overlay to signify Christmas.

Open the cramped cages of rabbits

A female rabbit used for breeding will be trapped on her own in a barren, metal cage until she’s slaughtered at about ten months old. The wire flooring and lack of bedding often gives the rabbits painful sores, and filthy conditions mean they’re at higher risk of disease and death. Meanwhile her offspring, reared in very large numbers, will be forced into crowded cages without any sunlight or fresh air.

Amongst rabbits who are farmed in Europe, a staggering 90% or more will spend their lives trapped in cages. This practice causes suffering at an unimaginable scale. It simply should not be lawful to treat innocent animals in this way.

Petrified white rabbit, lying down in tiny metal cage, no bedding.

Open the minds of policy makers

In the EU: Two years ago, 1.4 million citizens signed our ‘End the Cage Age’ petition to say they wanted this cruelty to end, and the European Commission committed to action. But now the Commission is backtracking on its promise to review animal welfare legislation. So we must raise our voices louder than ever. And it’s not just in the EU that this is a problem.

Here in the UK: Around 8 million hens a year are still reared in cages giving them less space than an A4 piece of paper. Over 50% of mother pigs are still forced to give birth behind bars. And there is still no legislation whatsoever for quail or rabbits. So we must keep campaigning until every cage is an empty cage.

Hens trapped in a tiny cage, overcrowded, green gift wrap overlay to signify Christmas.
Four piglets looking at the camera


Animals recognised as sentient

A UK law recognising animals as sentient beings is now in force.

Four hens in a field


No more cages

More than 1.4 million signatures were collected to help End the Cage Age.


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