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Make the battery cage history!

Did you know that the very last battery hen has been freed from her cage in the UK? Sadly, Australian Governments are still refusing to act. History was made on January 1st this year when barren battery cages were banned throughout the European Union. There are about 12 MILLION battery hens in Australia.

Did you know that the very last battery hen has been freed from her cage in the UK? Sadly, Australian Governments are refusing to act. As you read this, sensitive hens are still locked in tiny cages, unable to spread their wings, many living in constant pain with broken bones...

These hens now have one of Australia's best voices behind them. Singer-songwriter Missy Higgins has joined forces with Animals Australia to help make battery cages history. Click here to hear Missy's powerful new radio ad.

'All birds deserve to be free - to spread their wings, and experience the life nature intended. Join me and Animals Australia to make the battery cage history.' - Missy Higgins. [Click here to play Missy's message]"

History was made on January 1st this year when barren battery cages were banned throughout the European Union. As more and more countries step up for hens, tragically some 12 million birds still suffer inside Australian battery cages. They cannot afford to wait for our politicians to act.

Missy's radio ad is calling on concerned Australians to unite to help hens. With our decision-makers once again failing animals, Missy's message will let everyone know that hope for hens rests not with government, but with us.

Our goal is for every Australian to hear Missy's ad. Our work last year overwhelmingly showed us that Australians are appalled by animal cruelty, and if informed, will refuse to support it. As a united, caring community, we can demand an end to the cruelty of the battery cage simply by becoming informed and casting our vote at the supermarket.

The Animals Australia team made a commitment to animals this year to tackle head on the biggest cause of animal abuse in this country: factory farming. We are proud to unite with one of Australia's most talented and compassionate artists to launch the first phase of this new campaign. And this is just the beginning. Our informed, caring and active supporters are what sets us apart — and we know that with your help, our ambitious goal to end factory farming can be made a reality.

As someone who cares as much about ending animal cruelty as we do, you can play a key role in helping to make the battery cage history by sponsoring a radio ad today. Every time this message airs, hens take another step towards freedom. And if we all pitch in — even with just a few dollars — we can reach thousands — perhaps millions more Australians.

Source of material: Animals Australia

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The area a battery chicken has to stand on it about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Animal welfare organisations have been fighting to have this practice stopped for decades. How anyone could do this to such personable creatures as domestic hens is beyond me. How the powers that be can think it remotely OK is also. I guess the forces are a bit like the ones involved in the export of live cattle. They make a lot of noise as their profits are affected by any changes that will benefit the animals.
One day as I approached the egg shelves in the supermarket, I saw a young man apparently ruminating over which eggs he would buy. I asked him "Did you know that the cage eggs are produced in a particularly cruel way? "Yes" he said indifferently and took a dozen cage eggs right in front of me.

Eggs are not essential to a person's well being, nor are they essential to use as an ingredient in cooking, there are many substitutes for eggs in recipes.
The average egg contains 213 milligrams of cholesterol, entirely in the yolk. This is the most concentrated cholesterol level in any common food.
Eggs have many functions in recipes. The main ones are as binders, holding the ingredients together and as raising agents as in sponge cakes and soufflés because of their ability to trap and hold air. The purpose of the egg in the original recipe, as well as the quantity of egg required in the recipe, determines whether you need a substitute. Egg replacers are egg-free and are usually in a powdered form.
Any of the following ingredients can replace one whole egg in baking:
- Commercial vegetarian egg replacer – use as directed on the packet
- 1 tablespoon of cornflour/custard powder mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
- ¼ cup of tofu blended with the liquid ingredients in the recipe
- Half a small banana, mashed; or ¼ cup apple purée; mashed pumpkin; or puréed dates/ prunes. These will add a hint of flavour and give a denser texture to the end product. For a lighter texture, add an extra ½ teaspoon of baking powder to the mix.
Often times, you can skip the eggs in a recipe if it only calls for one or two. All you need to do is add a couple extra tablespoons of liquid to balance the moisture content of the product.
As Leavening use:
- 2 tablespoons carbonated water and 2 teaspoons baking flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar (add vinegar separately at the end for rising)
- Dissolve 1 teaspoon yeast in 1/4 cup warm water
There are some wonderful recipes for scrambled tofu to be found, but mostly they seem to be quite spicy & loaded with vegetables, such as onion & peppers – I guess to counteract the mildness of the tofu,
Vegan Breakfast Scramble

90g (3oz) firm tofu (I used quarter of a 350g block of Nutrisoy organic tofu)
2 spring onions (also known as green onions, shallots or scallions), finely sliced, including some of the green tops
2 teasp margarine or oil (I used Nuttelex)

1 dessertspoon nutritional yeast flakes (Lotus Savoury Yeast Flakes here in Australia)
1 heaped desertspoon chickpea (besan) flour
1/4 cup soy milk (or your non-dairy milk of choice, plain & unsweetened)
pinch of ground turmeric for colour
pinch of dried dill or 1/2 teasp fresh dill, chopped
pinch of powdered garlic
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste

Drain the tofu & crumble it, but not too much because you want some texture. Sauté the spring onions & crumbled tofu in the margarine or oil on a medium heat in a non-stick pan until it’s just starting to become golden (don’t let it brown).

While the tofu is cooking, whisk together the other ingredients to make a smooth batter -it should be the consistency of thin cream. Turn the heat down low & add the soy milk mixture to the pan with the tofu & stir gently until it thickens & becomes creamy. If you think it’s getting a little too thick, add a dash more soymilk & combine.

Pile it on to toast & enjoy!

Makes 1-2 serves (equivalent to 2-3 scrambled eggs).

All egg production involves cruelty, even "free range", as one of the reasons for this is because half of all chicks are killed because they are males and hence don't lay eggs, so economics dictate they don't live.