Compassion in World Farming are sponsoring Bake With Compassion Week this week - 7th to 13th June.
Since 1967, Compassion in World Farming has been working to improve the lives of farm animals. Their peaceful campaign to end cruel, intensive farming practices has improved the lives of a large proportion of the livestock in the European Union, but there is still work to be done. Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming's Chief executive is quoted as saying, "Compassion in World Farming is working strategically towards a whole food system that is truly kind, caring and honest - kind to animals; caring for the environment and consumer health; and honestly labelled."
Compassion in World Farming are asking people to host events this week in order to raise money for their campaign - whether it be coffee mornings, bake sales or even dinner parties - using baked goods prepared with free range eggs and other high welfare or organic products (milk, butter, chocolate etc).
Although the barren battery cage is due to be banned across the European Union from 2012, 'enriched' battery cages will still be allowed. Hens kept in these cages never experience natural light or fresh air and never leave their cages until they have outlived their laying capabilities and are taken for slaughter. Some of the money raised from events during Bake With Compassion Week will go towards working to stop this horrible practice. A cage is a cage is a cage, and no animal should be put in one for long periods, let alone its whole life.
There are lots of celebrity chefs supporting this event and many have kindly donated their recipes for inspiration, so do click here to get helpful information about hosting your own event or to make a donation to this very worthy cause. Improving the lives of farm animals doesn't just benefit the animals, it benefits us and the environment as well.
So get baking, and remember to always use and buy eggs that are free range or organic! (To find out more about the eggs you buy, download Compassion in World Farming's pocket guide to eggs by clicking here.)