UK: Battery hen cages baned by 2012
The UK government has confirmed that battery hen cages
are banned as from 2012.
, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and
Animal Health, announced the ban at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference held
recently in the UK, despite opposition from many in the egg industry.
Compassion in World Farming
chief executive Philip Lymbery
said: "Lord Rooker has made a monumental decision and we cannot praise him
enough for an action that will get 20 million UK birds out of battery cages
"British consumers don't want eggs from caged hens, as seen by the growing
number of consumers spending more on free-range eggs...," he added.
Barren battery cages are due to be banned across the EU from 2012 under the
Laying Hens Directive, but many in the egg industry and many Member States are
keen to see this delayed by up to 10 years.
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