The rise of caged duck farming in Taiwan
Egg-laying ducks are kept two to three per cage without access to bathing water at this industrial farm in Taiwan.
Images by Jo-Anne McArthur.
Duck eggs have long been a favorite food in Taiwan. As with other foods, the animals who produce these eggs have not been spared by the global trends of factory farming.
In 2019, We Animals Media joined the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) to investigate and document animal industries around the country, including one disturbing new agricultural trend: caged duck farms.
Traditionally, ducks that are raised for their eggs in Taiwan have been housed in cage-free systems. Though conditions in these more traditional farms are still undoubtedly confined and unsanitary, the ducks in these systems are able to move about in open pens and are given constant, critical access to swimming and bathing water. Ducks living naturally will spend 80 percent of their time in water. They rely on water for their most basic physiological needs, from grooming themselves and regulating body temperature to cleaning dirt from their eyes.
Upon visiting one of these farms, the immediate emergency facing ducks became clear.
Leaving these farms, it was clear why EAST had chosen to pursue this cause specifically. Following our investigation, EAST was able to employ our photos and video in a viral campaign that is calling on authorities and consumers to stop the battery cage trend in its tracks.