The New York Times has a nice and very cleanly designed infographic breaking down America’s egg production by housing system. It’s a must-read for anyone who eats eggs.
The piece features a large color photo of a tiny battery cage confining five hens. Unfortunately, these appear to be young hens straight from the hatchery; I wish they’d instead chosen a shot of some hens who’d been battered by living in this sort of cage for more than a year.
The piece also features a photo of a cage-free system that looks pretty terrible, albeit still a lot better than what the battery hens endure.
These sorts of features virtually never appeared in mainstream media a decade ago, but now they seem to appear all the time. It’ll be interesting to see if the numbers of vegetarians start swinging up over the next few years as a result of the constant exposure that factory farming practices have been getting. Link.