The EU banned battery cages in the egg production industry on 1st January 2012. Some Irish farmers did not comply with the regulations despite having ten years notice of the ruling and financial aid to help them do so. The Irish Farmers Association reported that Irish farmers who had not equipped their factory farms with ‘enriched’ cages would kill the hens early (i.e. prior to the end of their capacity to make a profit for the farmers but NOT at the end of the hens’ natural lifespans). Despite the fact that the farmers were reassured by the Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR) that there were lifelong homes available for these hens and despite the offer of payment matching that of slaughterhouses, 80,000 to 90,000 hens were needlessly slaughtered. However, 600 hens were rescued and some of these hens have arrived at their new home at Eden.