Obraz activists ride Prague trams in chicken masks to highlight plight of caged hens

Several dozen activists from the animal rights group Obraz packed themselves into Prague trams on Monday wearing chicken masks and distributing leaflets to raise awareness about what they see as inhumane conditions for hens in poultry farms.

The activists were heading to the headquarters of COOP, which unlike major supermarket chains such as Lidl and Globus has not pledged to gradually phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens, according to Obraz.

Data from the Bohemian and Moravian Poultry Union shows more than 87 per cent of Czech eggs come from battery farms. Only 11 per cent of hens are kept in free-range farms and just about one per cent of the birds are bred in natural conditions.