TBI Blogs: You Can Help End Cruelty Against Hens and Chickens in Factory Farms. Here’s How! Humane Society International (India) January 31, 2017 Animal Welfare, Birds, Blog, Research India is the fifth-largest producer of eggs and ninth-largest producer of poultry (chicken) meat in the world. However, nearly 200 million egg-laying hens are kept in terrible conditions across the country. Bijal reminisces about a baby chick she rescued, and discusses the problem of battery cages.